Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Moynihan Report: Letter #55: To Prison

March 21, 2013, Thursday -- To Prison

Pope Francis has done it again.

Breaking once again with papal protocol, he has decided not to celebrate the Mass of the Supper of the Lord in the Basilica of St. John Lateran on Holy Thursday, which falls this year on March 28 -- a week from today.

Instead, Pope Francis will to go to a prison chapel and there wash feet of 12 young prisoners on the afternoon of Holy Thursday.

In a decision evidently taken just a few hours ago -- this afternoon the Vatican web site still contained a notice that the Mass would be held in St. Peter's Basilica (because Pope Francis has not yet officially taken possession of St. John Lateran, the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, where the Holy Thursday Mass is usually celebrated, with the washing of the feet of 12 priests by the Pope, since the Mass commemorates the Last Supper and the institution of the priesthood) -- Pope Francis will go to the Casal del Marmo penal institute for afternoon Mass on the day before Good Friday.

Here is a link to the Vatican website which now shows the Mass occurring in the prison (see under March 28):

The Yellow Bracelet for Lent
Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier  gives the gift to the Pope), .
Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, the Archbishop of Durban in South Africa, gives the gift of a yellow bracelet to the Pope Francis