Thursday, 10 June 2010

Annus Sacerdotalis: the closing events

Tomorrow, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, brings to an end the Year for Priests.

A gathering of priests from all over the world is taking place in Rome, under the auspices of the Congregation for the Clergy. This gathering culminates with a vigil of prayer wiht Pope Benedict on the evening of the 10th June, and a celebration of Mass for the Solemnity tomorrow (11th June). The booklets for these two celebrations can be downloaded from the Vatican website: here. The vigil is due to take place in St Peter's Square, and the concelebration of Mass in St Peter's Basilica. The same page at the Vatican website includes links to a number of addresses that Pope Benedict has given during the Year for Priests, and that are relevant to the Year.

Some coverage of the events can be found at the ZENIT site:  Pope to World: close Year for Priests with prayer, Cardinal to Priests: feel the urgency of mission, Priestly meeting shows "beauty" of celibacy (interesting to see the involvement of new movements here).

It would be a good day to go to Mass, and to pray for priests throughout the world.

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