Vatican City, 21 March, 2022 / 8:23 pm (ACI Africa).
After two years of pandemic restrictions during Holy Week, Pope Francis will once again return to the Colosseum to preside over the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
The Vatican has published the pope’s schedule for Holy Week and Easter, confirming that he will preside over large liturgical celebrations in St. Peter’s Square for the first time since 2019.
On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis will offer Mass in St. Peter’s Square on April 10 at 10 a.m. local time. The last time that this liturgy was held in St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican said that more than 40,000 people attended.
In the past two years, papal liturgies during Holy Week were kept very small due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with many events moved to inside St. Peter’s Basilica with extremely limited attendance.
The current Vatican schedule for 2022 does not list the pope’s participation in the Vatican’s Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper. In past years, Pope Francis has chosen to visit a local prison to offer the Mass.