The Catholic church in Rome has announced that Pope Francis will celebrate the Corpus Christi Sunday Mass without faithful inside St. Peter’s Basilica because of the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Corpus Christi Mass this coming Sunday was announced by the Holy See Press Office.
“On Sunday, June 14, at 9:45 am, Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Mass for the feast of Corpus Christiat the Altar of the Chair, in the Vatican Basilica.” Holy See Press stated.
According to the Holy See Press Office, only 50 faithful have been chosen to represent other Christians in the Basilica.
“Some 50 faithful will be present at the Eucharistic Celebration presided over by the Holy Father.” it explained.
The Feast of Corpus Christi is the Sunday that follows the Holy Trinity Sunday known as a day of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ the Lord (Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ) on which Christians celebrate the Real Presence of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the elements of the Eucharist.
It should be recalled that On May 31, 2020, on the Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis I resumed, from his usual office window of Apostolic Palace, the recitation of the Regina Caeliprayer with the faithful in St. Peter’s Square.
Holy See Press Office confirmed that Italian police and other security agencies guaranteed safe access to the square and shall ensure that the faithful present respect the necessary interpersonal distance