EWTN Catholic Q&A
Mass at St. John's
Question from George Frederick on 04-19-2005:

When will Pope Benedict XVI take possession of the Patriarchal Archbasilica of the Lateran? And what does that mass entail?

Answer by Colin B. Donovan, STL on 04-26-2005:

According to a Zenit report today, 26 April:

Benedict XVI will officially take possession of his cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, on May 7 at 5:30 p.m., announced the Vicariate of the Rome Diocese.

The celebration, during which the Pope will sit for the first time on his episcopal chair, will be dedicated to the Holy Spirit to implore for wisdom.

After the "incatedratio," the Holy Father will visit the nearby Basilica of St. Mary Major to render homage to the icon of the Virgin Mary, "Salus Populi Romani," at 7:30 p.m.

After greeting the image with the words of the Gospel, Benedict XVI will recite for the first time a prayer of an Eastern patriarch of Constantinople, dedicated to the protection of the city's citizens and visitors.