Pope Francis to Celebrate Sunday Mass at Parish in Rome

Pontiff Will Give 1st Communion to Children of Sts. Elizabeth and Zechariah Church

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On Sunday, May 26th, solemnity of the Holy Trinity, Pope Francis will visit the Parish of Saints Elizabeth and Zechariah in Rome where he will preside over the morning Mass.

During the celebration, the Holy Father will give First Eucharist to 16 children and will distribute Communion to 28 others.

“For May 26th, we had planned for the First Communion on third Sunday [of the month] but given the extraordinary circumstances of the event, we thought it would be good for the children who received Communion last year to participate in this feast with our Bishop. That way all plus 44 more will be dressed in white and will receive the Body of Christ from the Pope,” explained Fr. Benoni Ambarus, pastor of the parish.

The Mass, which will take place in the Square in front of the Church, will be concelebrated by Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general of Rome, Bishop Guerino Di Tora, auxiliary bishop of the Northern sector, Fr. Ambarus, and Fr. Giovanni Franco, the parochial vicar.

The Holy Father is expected to greet the faithful in several areas surrounding the parish, as well as the sick, the disabled and the elderly. “They will all have the opportunity to participate in the Mass and be greeted by the Holy Father at the end of the celebration,” Fr. Ambarus said.