Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's a first for a Pope

Vatican did not expect Pontiff to visit youth prison
Pope Francis gives the homily during the Holy Thursday chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. CNS photo / Paul Haring. 
Vatican officials thought Pope Francis would celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, but an invitation from a government minister changed their plans, says a story by Catholic News Agency.

The Italian Justice Minister, Paola Severino, "was visiting the psychiatric hospital where I serve as chaplain, and she showed interest in inviting the Pope to visit an Italian prison," explained Monsignor Gino Belleri in a March 26 interview with CNA.

It turned out that "as soon as the Pope knew of the invitation of Minister Severino, he grabbed the occasion," Msgr. Belleri said. "He wanted to go to a detention centre, and he wanted to do it Holy Thursday, as he usually did as archbishop."

For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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