- Jun 19, 2021
Pope Francis Monday marked the Catholic feast of All Souls Day by celebrating a private livestreamed Mass in the Vatican’s German cemetery, telling viewers hope gives life greater meaning.
In the historical area of Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery is a wide swath of grass unmarked by headstones.
Mexico has reported more than 924,000 confirmed coronavirus infections and nearly 140.000 deaths listed as confirmed or probable, though experts say the actual numbers are likely significantly higher.
Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, the annual Mexican tradition of reminiscing about departed loved ones with colorful altars, or ofrendas, is typically celebrated Nov. 1-2. It will undoubtedly be harder for Latino families in the U.S. torn apart by the coronavirus.
Due to restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19, Pope Francis will celebrate the feast of All Souls with a “strictly private” Mass at a Vatican cemetery.
Plenary or full indulgences traditionally obtained during the first week of November for the souls of the faithful in purgatory can now be gained throughout the entire month of November, the Vatican said.
There’s no distracting ourselves or avoiding the indisputable. Our mortality is looking us right in the face. What are we going to do about it?