In theory the citations could lead to fines or even jail terms, despite constitutional protections in Italy guaranteeing freedom
Two days later, on March 27, he will grant a plenary indulgence through his 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing.
Around fifteen faithful were attending the Mass, some of whom were praying outside the church.
Use of the churches will be permitted only to religious orders attached to them, i.e. monks and nuns living in community.
For the first time Pope Francis did not appear in the window from which he traditionally adresses the crowd.
The proposed “World Day of Youth of the Arab Regions” would take place in Jordan as the first host country.
Pope Francis told the Legionaries of Christ religious order to look toward the future as they continue to reform themselves
The group prayed in front of St. Mary Major is one of the four main basilics in Rome, which belongs to the Vatican.
“God’s priority is the salvation of all,” Pope Francis said to conclude the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.