VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ first Advent and Christmas at the Vatican look set to be much like his predecessors,’ but with the possibility of a few surprises.
As in previous years, it will be liturgically intense, with no clear change in custom.
According to the liturgical schedule published Nov. 28 by Msgr. Guido Marini, master of papal liturgical ceremonies, Pope Francis will begin the Christmas season in the usual way by celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on Dec. 8 at Rome’s Spanish Steps, where he will pray before an image of the Blessed Mother.
On Dec. 21, the Pope will visit the Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital in Rome. Announcing the visit at a...READ MORE