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Pope Francis returns to St. Peter's Basilica tomorrow for Pentecost Mass without pilgrims


Pope Francis will return to St. Peter's Basilica to celebrate Mass on Pentecost Sunday at 10 a.m., local Rome time. He has not celebrated the liturgy inside the basilica since Easter Sunday. 

While he returns to the basilica, faithful still are not able to participate in the ceremony. The pope will thus celebrate Mass without pilgrims and alongside his closest collaborators. 

At the conclusion of the Mass, he will return to his window in the Apostolic Palace to pray the Regina Coeli. He has not prayed the noon-time prayer from this window since the beginning of March. 

People will also be in the square below, maintaining social distancing, wearing masks and awaiting his pontifical blessing. It will be the second Sunday that pilgrims can pray with the pope from St. Peter's Square. 

Melissa Butz