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Rome prepares for gathering of worldwide confraternities this upcoming weekend


President, Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization
"We have proposed and defended the proposal of a synod. And we have supported strongly that in each diocese there should be a well known place available for confession 24 hours a day.”

On Sunday, all the groups will gather as processions fill the streets near St. Peter's Square. The majority of confraternities that have brought their images to Rome are Italian. Among them are the Madonna of Quintiliolo from Tivoli, an image dating to the 13th Century that will rest at the altar behind Pope Francis during Mass. However, the participation of confraternities from Latin America will be limited.

President, Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization

"For the confraternities it was very complicated that we as a Dicastery cover their invitation to be here. It's comprehensible since it's only two days, and during a crisis like we're going through, to pay for a trip from Latin America.”

More than 50,000 pilgrims
are expected at the Mass. And on the side of the plaza, next to Bernini's columns, the confraternities' images brought to Rome for the celebration will be on display.