Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Francis begins first Easter Mass as pope


Vatican City, March 31 - Pope Francis began his
first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff before a crowd of tens of
thousands of people from all over the world in St Peter's Square
on Sunday.
The 76-year-old Argentine pope walked to the altar on the
steps of St. Peter's Square dressed in simple white vestments
and opened the Mass before an icon of the Risen Christ.
Easter Sunday commemorates the day of the resurrection of
Jesus, making it the most important moment in the Church's
liturgical calendar.
At the end of the Mass Francis will deliver his first Urbi
et Orbi (to the city and the world), a papal address and
blessing that is given on certain special occasions.
As part of the Urbi et Orbi, Francis will grant a plenary
indulgence to all the faithful following the Mass in St Peter's
Square and on radio, TV and "new communications media".
Francis, who was elected as pope on March 13 after his
predecessor Benedict XVI shocked the world last month by
announcing he was stepping down, posted a message on the papal
Twitter account before Sunday's Mass.
"Accept the risen Jesus into your life," read the post on
the @Pontifex account.
"Even if you have been far away, take a small step towards
him: he awaits you with open arms".

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