Thursday, September 20, 2018

Papal audience on calendar for Romero pilgrims


JUBILEE YEAR for the CENTENNIAL of BLESSED ROMERO, 2016 — 2017
This is the admission ticket for the Oct. 14 canonization ceremony.

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[Updated: please consult more recent calendar.] The Salvadoran Church has published a list of various activities to be carried out in Rome in the days when Archbishop Oscar Romero will be canonized as the first Salvadoran saint (Sunday, October 14, 2018). Some of the activities will be open to the public, and the organizers will provide buses to take the pilgrims to the places where they will be held. Other events will require an invite for admission, due to limited availability.
Update: The most significant event, announced a day after the rest of the agenda, is a special audience that Pope Francis will grant to the delegation of Salvadorans who will travel to Rome for Romero’s canonization. It will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 15 in the Paul VI Audience Hall next to St. Peter’s Square. This audience will be a much more intimate encounter with the Pontiff than the thronged canonization Mass and it is likely that Francis may have some memorable words, as he did in a similar encounter after the beatification in 2015.
Among the other standout details, we learn that the Mass of Thanksgiving for the new saint will be celebrated—as anticipated from the outset—in the church of the Sant Egidio movement, with which the postulator of the cause, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, is affiliated, and not the Jesuit church in Rome, il Gesù. That Mass will be celebrated on the Monday after the canonization, presumably by Abp. Paglia, and on the Saturday before the canonization there will be another Mass, sponsored by Caritas, of whom Romero is patron saint, celebrated by the Philippine Cardinal Luis Tagle.
Other religious activities include Holy Rosaries and vigils, while additional events include cultural activities: the documentary “Il Risarcimento,” the musical theater work “Romero the Musical,” folk dances, and other events. The placement of a Romero statue in the Eternal City caps a project that has been years in the making.
OCTOBER

SUNDAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
Wednesday
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
Saturday
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Prof. Morozzo conference,
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10 am - Papal General Audience –  St. Peter’s Square

5 pm – Oscar Romero the seminarian,
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6 pm –musical works Teatro Sala Vignoli
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4 pm - SIGNIS event with Card. Rosa Chavez Palazzo Pio

6 pm – “Romero Musical”
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10 am – Holy Rosary, Vatican Gardens

2 pm – Romero statue reveal
ES Garden 

4 pm – Mass with Cardinal Tagle, Capella San Leone Magno

5 pm  - TBA Testimonies
9 pm – Vigil in Campitelli
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1015 am – Mass for Canonizations  St. Peter’s Square

3 pm – Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, Santo Spiritu in Sassia

7 pm – Salv. Govt reception, Hotel NH Villa Carpegna
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11:30 am – Papal Audience Paul VI Hall

3 pm – showing of “Il Risarcimento” documentary  

6 pm – Mass of Thxgvng, Santa Maria in Trastevere
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10 am - Papal General Audience –  St. Peter’s Square
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The Mass of Thanksgiving in Santa Maria in Trastevere promises to be a poignant occasion, since in that Church lie the mortal remains of a martyred pope, St. Callixtus I (pope between 217-222 AD). His liturgical feast is celebrated on October 14. Therefore, pilgrims can celebrate the Day of St. Callixtus with Romero, and the next day thank Saint Romero from the tomb of Callixtus.

Additional details are found in the event charts released by the Salvadoran Church (in Spanish) below.

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