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The Pope advances the mass of the Rooster for the second year tomorrow

The Pope has brought forward two hours the mass of the Rooster scheduled for this Friday, December 24 in St. Peter’s Basilica, which will be held at 7:30 p.m., as it did last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, this Christmas he will impart the blessing ‘Urbi et Orbi’ overlooking the balcony of the Central Lodge, with no capacity limit in St. Peter’s Square, despite the fact that Italy has imposed more restrictions on those not vaccinated against coronavirus to stop the impact of the pandemic. As sources from the Holy See have specified.

Since last Thursday, November 26, it is mandatory in Italy that all those arriving from the European Union present an antigen test or molecular test (PCR) with a negative result, to enter the country, even if they are vaccinated or have had the disease. In addition, those who are not vaccinated must keep a quarantine of five days. This regulation will be in force until December 31st.

In addition, given the speed with which the coronavirus spreads with the Omicrom variant, the Italian Government of Mario Draghi has decided to extend the state of emergency for three more months, until March 31. In addition, in Rome the use of the mask outdoors has been imposed as mandatory in certain places, some close to the Vatican.

The first great celebration that the Pope will officiate will be the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord inside Saint Peter’s Basilica. The entire Papal Chapel will once again participate in this event in which up to 120 concelebrating priests are expected to participate, according to the new accreditation system that the liturgical office has launched on December 1 for priests and deacons. For the moment, the capacity has not been limited, although it is mandatory to wear a mask inside St. Peter’s Basilica.

The next day, as usual, Francis will deliver his Christmas message and impart the ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing at 12:00 hours. The office of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations, chaired by Monsignor Diego Ravelli, has specified that it will be done on the traditional central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica and not inside the Hall of Blessings as last year, when this was chosen. option since it is a smaller space and there was limited capacity due to the pandemic.

The next celebration that will be presided over by the Pontiff will be on Friday, December 31, at 5:00 p.m., with the First Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary Most Holy Mother of God and the Pope will recite the ‘Te Deum’ in thanksgiving for the past year.

On January 1, Solemnity of Saint Mary, Mother of God, the Pope will preside at Mass at 10:00 am on the occasion of the LV World Day of Peace. In his message this year, the pontiff has called the attention of governments to invest the money spent on defense material and weapons in aspects related to education. In his address for the Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace, Francis has also called for a better balance between a free market economy and the need to help those who have the least and protect the environment, and has also denounced the rising military costs at the expense of social services.

On January 6, the Pope will celebrate the Mass of the Epiphany of the Lord to which the entire Papal Chapel is once again summoned. It has not yet been specified whether there will be baptisms in the Sistine Chapel the following Sunday as usual.

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