SCHEDULE FOR NOVENDIALI, NINE DAYS OF MOURNING FOR POPE

VATICAN CITY, APR 7, 2005 (VIS) - Archbishop Piero Marini, master of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, has published a note on the "novendiali" or period of nine days of official mourning for the late Pope John Paul II, explaining the background and indicating the dates, times and principal celebrants of each of the nine Masses.

The communique states that "according to an ancient custom, for nine consecutive days there are special Eucharistic celebrations for the repose of the soul of the deceased Roman Pontiff, starting with the funeral Mass which is determined by the Congregation of Cardinals (cf. Universi Dominici gregis, n. 13 and 27)."

"Each day the celebration is open to everyone. It is, however, entrusted each day to a different group, taking into account that group's links with the Roman Pontiff. This variety of the congregation shows in a certain way both the milieu of the Supreme Pastor as well as the universality of the Church of Rome (Ordo Exsequiarum Romani Pontifici, n. 133)."

"The funeral Mass for the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II will take place April 8 at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Square whereas in the Vatican Basilica, from the 9th to the 16th of April, the novendiali celebrations for the repose of the soul of the deceased Pope, will continue in the following manner:

Day 1: Funeral Mass

Day 2: Saturday, April 9, at 5 p.m.: For the faithful of Vatican City: The concelebration will be presided over by Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, archpriest of the Patriarchal Vatican Basilica.

Day 3: Sunday, April 10, 5 p.m. For the Church of Rome. Mass presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general for the diocese of Rome, and concelebrated by the clergy of Rome.

Day 4: Monday, April 11, 5 p.m. For the Chapters of the Patriarchal Basilicas. The concelebration will be presided by Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, archbishop emeritus of Boston and archpriest of the Patriarchal Basilica of St Mary Major.

Day 5: Tuesday, April 12, 5 p.m. Cappella Papale. Mass to be presided over by Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales, archbishop emeritus of Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro, proto-priest of the College of Cardinals.

Day 6: Wednesday, April 13, 5 p.m. For the Roman Curia. Concelebration will be presided over by Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State.

Day 7: Thursday, April 14, 5 p.m. For the Oriental Churches. Divine Liturgy in the Oriental Rite to be presided over by His Beatitude Pierre Nasrallah Sfeir, patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites.

Day 8: Friday, April 15, 5 p.m. For members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Mass presided over by Archbishop Piergiorgio Silvano Nesti, emeritus of Camerino-San Severino Marche, secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Day 9: Saturday, April 16, Cappella Papale. The concelebration will be presided by Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, proto-deacon of the College of Cardinals.

All cardinals are invited to concelebrate in the Cappelle Papali on April 8, 12 and 16."

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PRESIDENT BUSH LEADS US DELEGATION TO FUNERAL

Vatican, Apr. 07 (CWNews.com) - President George W. Bush lead an official delegation of American mourners in prayer over the mortal remains of Pope John Paul II on Wednesday, April 6, in St. Peter's Basilica.

President Bush and his wife Laura flew from Washington to Rome, then traveled to the Vatican to pay their respects. They were accompanied by the President's father, former President George H. W. Bush, and another former US President, Bill Clinton. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was also in the delegation.

Late Wednesday evening, Vatican security officials temporarily halted the long line of mourners-- some of whom had waited 15 hours outside the basilica-- to allow the American delegation to approach the Pope's body. The crowd stirred noticeably with surprise as the three US presidents appeared. All three US leaders will remain in Rome to attend the funeral on April 8.

President Bush will be the first American President ever to attend a papal funeral. The only Catholic ever to head the US government, John F. Kennedy, did not attend the funeral of Pope John XXIII in 1963. President Jimmy Carter sent his wife to represent him at the funeral of Pope Paul VI, and his mother to the funeral of Pope John Paul I.

 

CONCLAVE TO START AFTERNOON OF APRIL 18

THE FINAL DAYS OF POPE JOHN PAUL II

PAPAL FUNERAL WILL FOLLOW ANCIENT, UNIQUE RITE

POPE JOHN PAUL II'S FUNERAL IS ON FRIDAY

POPE DIES ON VIGIL OF DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

POPE JOHN PAUL LEFT MESSAGE FOR DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

POPE'S MESSAGE REMAINS ENGRAVED IN PEOPLES HEARTS

POPE JOHN PAUL II HAS DIED

POPE JOHN PAUL II RECEIVES ETERNAL REWARD


 

 

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