In his Angelus message on Sunday afternoon in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis invited both pilgrims and diocesan locals to join him on Thursday for the annual diocesan Corpus Christi procession, on the feast which celebrates the Eucharist, the Body of Christ. “Next Thursday, according to Roman tradition, we will celebrate holy Mass at St. John Lateran and then we will make a procession with the Blessed Sacrament. I invite Romans and pilgrims to participate in order to express our desire to be a people drawn together in the unity of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Pope Francis said. “We look forward to seeing you all next Thursday at 7 p.m., for the Mass and the procession on Corpus Christi,” he declared, referring to the feast day, which traditionally falls on Thursday, but which has been moved to Sunday in much of the rest of the Catholic world.
The Holy Father tied the forthcoming feat of Corpus Christi with the feast just celebrated Sunday, the Most Holy Trinity. “Every Sunday we go to Mass, we celebrate the Eucharist together and the Eucharist is like the ‘burning bush’ in which the Trinity humbly dwells and communicates itself: this is why the Church has placed the feast of the Body of the Lord after that of the Trinity,” taught the Pope, saying that the Divine Love of the Holy Trinity is the “origin and goal of the universe and of every creature.”
The Pope asked the crowds to pray for the increasingly volatile situation in Iraq, especially for the Christians there. “I invite all of you to unite yourselves to my prayer for the dear nation of Iraq, above all for the victims and for those who suffer the major part of the consequences of the expanding violence, in particular for the many people, among which there are many Christians, who have had to leave their own homes,” explained the Pontiff.