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Pope Reunites With Cardinal He Fired In Holy Week Mass

This photograph taken and handout on March 21, 2021 by the Vatican Media reveals Pope Francis holding a weekly reside streamed Angelus prayer from the library of the apostolic palace in The Vatican, throughout new lockdown restrictions following a surge in Covid-19 coronavirus infections.


In a shock transfer, Pope Francis on Thursday privately celebrated a Holy Week ritual with a cardinal he fired abruptly months in the past, in an obvious gesture of reconciliation.

The cardinal, Angelo Becciu, was dismissed from a strong Vatican job in September, after Francis instructed him he was accused of syphoning off Vatican charity funds to assist his siblings.

But on Thursday, Francis visited Becciu and celebrated Holy Thursday mass within the chapel of his non-public house, the cardinal mentioned in an announcement issued to Vatican journalists.

A Vatican supply mentioned he couldn’t touch upon the pope’s “private engagements,” however added, “a fatherly gesture like this, on a day like Holy Thursday, does not seem strange.”

Holy Thursday mass commemorates Jesus’ final supper with the 12 apostles, and is a part of the run-up to Easter Sunday, which marks Jesus’ resurrection and is a very powerful day within the Catholic calendar.

Francis usually celebrates Holy Thursday mass in public, however this yr he delegated the duty to the dean of the school of cardinals, Giovanni Battista Re, who led a service within the basilica of St John Lateran in Rome.

In conserving with coronavirus rules, attendance was restricted.

Becciu has additionally been linked to a scandal regarding a loss-making Vatican funding in central London which occurred beneath his watch, however he has at all times professed his innocence.

Before his dismissal, he led the Vatican’s division on sainthoods. He was beforehand, throughout 2011-2018, Substitute for General Affairs, a job akin to chief of workers within the Vatican’s central forms.

Becciu has not been charged with any crimes.


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