MANILA – Pope Francis will celebrate with Filipinos in Italy through a Mass the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said on Wednesday.
Through its website, the CBPC said Fr. Ricky Gente of the Filipino Chaplaincy in Rome announced that the religious activity will be highlighted by a 10 a.m. mass to be officiated by the pontiff at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 14.
Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the pope’s vicar of Rome, will be attending the event.
Only a limited number of people will be allowed to attend the Eucharistic Celebration inside the basilica in accordance with the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
Gente said the celebration will be livestreamed from the Vatican to reach Filipinos in different parts of the world.
“Join us in Rome to pray, praise and thank God for his gift of the Christian faith,” Gente said.
After the Mass, the pope will lead the traditional recitation of the Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square at midday.
“You can also receive blessings from the Pope after mass in Vatican Square where he will lead the Angelus prayer at noon,” he added.
In the Philippines, many dioceses will launch the year-long commemoration on April 4, Easter Sunday.
“Gifted to Give” taken from Matthew’s Gospel (10:9), is the theme for the celebration.
There are about 168,000 Filipinos in Italy and mostly in Lombardia region. (PNA)