On Tuesday, June 14, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis will not celebrate the Mass and the Procession with the Eucharistic Blessing due to his health.
This was reported by the Holy See Press Office in a statement sent this Monday, June 13.
In the statement, it was explained that “due to the limitations imposed on the Pope by gonalgia and to the specific liturgical needs of the celebration, the Holy Mass and the Procession with the Eucharistic Blessing will not be celebrated on the feast of Corpus Christi”.
It should be remembered that this announcement is made just a few days after the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis has had to postpone his next trip to Africa at the request of doctors.
The international apostolic trip was scheduled for July 2-7 to go to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.
The director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, reported on June 10 that “by accepting the request of the doctors, and in order not to annul the results of the knee therapies still in progress, the Holy Father regretfully is forced to postpone the Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan”.
In the Vatican, Corpus Christi is celebrated the Thursday after the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity. While in several dioceses around the world it is moved to the Sunday after the Holy Trinity for a pastoral issue.
On the occasion of this feast, Pope Francis usually celebrates the Corpus Christi Mass in the atrium of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, with the traditional procession on Merulana Street in Rome until reaching the atrium of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. to impart the Eucharistic blessing.
Nevertheless, this did not happen 5 years ago due to the restrictions due to the pandemic since in 2019 the Holy Father celebrated Corpus Christi in the church of Santa María Consoladora and then presided over the procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the surrounding streets.
In addition, in 2018 he moved to the Ostia neighborhood, where he celebrated Mass, procession and Eucharistic blessing.
The Solemnity of Corpus Christi was established in 1246 by Bishop Roberto de Thorete at the suggestion of Saint Juliana de Mont Cornillon.
After the Eucharistic miracle of Bolsena, in the mid-13th century, Pope Urban IV extended this celebration to the entire Universal Church in 1264 with the bull “Transiturus”, setting it for the Thursday after Holy Trinity Sunday.