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GREAT MOMENTS PLANNED IN JUBILEE FOR PRIESTS
 

Most Priests at a Concelebrated Mass in History

VATICAN CITY, (ZENIT.org).- The Jubilee for Priests will be held from May 14-18. For the past 4 years, all priests worldwide, numbering close to half a million, have been preparing for this moment. Four World Meetings have been held in Fatima, the Ivory Coast, Mexico, and the Holy
Land, to create an atmosphere of reflection and prayer that will culminate in the concelebrated Mass with the greatest number of priests ever.

On Thursday, May 18, at 10 a.m., 5,000 ordained ministers are expected to concelebrate in St. Peter's Square. This is the gift that priests from around the world will make to the Holy Father on his 80th birthday. Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, said that on that day, "Christ will make himself present in the hands of 5,000 priests who have come from all over the world."

On May 16, at 8:30 p.m., there will be another celebration centered on Christ, the Stations of the Cross, to which all faithful are invited. The Stations will be held in the Circus Maximus, which witnessed the martyrdom of so many Christians. A relic of Christ's Cross, in the custody of the
Roman Basilica of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem, will be brought to Rome for the occasion.
Cardinal Castrillon said it is rich in symbolism. The Cross of Christ, "relic of our salvation," is being brought to the "place of the martyrs, with the new martyrs, that is, with the current witnesses of their presence in the world: the priests." 

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