Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mass to mark anniversary of Angelicum's most distinguished alumnus

Benedict XVI will preside next week at a Mass marking the fifth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II who studied at the Angelicum in the 1940s.

The Mass will be held March 29, 2010 instead of the actual date of the Pope's death, the Vatican reported, because April 2 falls on Good Friday.

During the prayers of the faithful, this petition will be offered in Polish: "For the Venerable Pope John Paul II, who served the Church to the limit of his strength: So that from heaven he intercedes to spread the hope that is realized by fully participating in the glory of the resurrection."

A petition in Spanish will pray for "those here united to remember Pope John Paul II: So that we know to love and serve the Church as he loved and served, giving testimony in the faith of God and offering his love to all."