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Pope will celebrate Mass for All Souls at Vatican cemetery because of Covid-19


Nov. 2 is traditionally the day the pope visits a cemetery to celebrate Mass for all the deceased. This year however, because of the pandemic, he will visit the Teutonic Cemetery in the Vatican. It will be a private visit beginning at 4 p.m. He will celebrate Mass and pray for a moment before visiting the grottoes of St. Peter's Basilica, which house the tombs of former popes.

On Thursday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m., Pope Francis will celebrate another liturgy at the basilica's main altar. That one will be for cardinals and bishops who have died this year.

The Vatican announced that very few pilgrims will be allowed to attend this Mass because of the health emergency, and that this will be the case for the next months unless the pandemic eases up.

Javier Romero

Translation: CT