Pope Francis

On Sunday 13 March a celebration to remember the elevation of Cardinal Bergoglio to the papacy

At 6.00 pm (CET) on Sunday 13 March a Holy Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica to mark the 9th anniversary of the elevation to the papacy of His Holiness Pope Francis. It was, in fact, on 13 March of 2013 that the then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected in the conclave as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church and Bishop of Rome.

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23 January: Sunday of the Word of God, a celebration for the Bible

The Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua will join in celebrating Sunday of the Word of God on 23 January. This initiative was spearheaded by Pope Francis in his effort to place the Holy Scriptures at the centre of life along with the Eucharist.

The celebration in the Basilica on Sunday 23 January at 11.00am will include a special ritual: the enthronement and the incensing of the Gospel. Moreover, during the whole celebration in the presbytery, the Gospel will remain exposed and open next to a lighted lamp: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my paths” (Psalm 118, 105).

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Sunday of the Word of God, 24 January 2021: a Feast for the Bible

On Sunday 24 January we celebrate the “Sunday of the Word of God”, which was instituted last year by Pope Francis, on the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, to remind all, clergy and faithful, of the importance and value of Sacred Scripture for the Christian life and also for the relationship between the Word of God and liturgy.

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