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Posted on Jun 7, 2015 |

Sunday Photo: Pope Francis and the Body of Christ

Sunday Photo: Pope Francis and the Body of Christ

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Pope Francis preparing to lead the Corpus Christi Procession from the steps of St. John Lateran, Rome’s Cathedral, to the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Photo copyright AFP courtesy CNA.

Pope Francis led a Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Rome Thursday, the feast’s traditional date (most parishes celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ today), asking all participating to pray for persecuted Christians around the world.

“In a little while,” the pontiff said during his homily at Mass at St. John Lateran, “we shall walk along the way. Let us perceive ourselves in communion with our many brothers and sisters who do not have the freedom to express their faith in the Lord Jesus. Let us feel ourselves united with them, let us sing with them, praise with them, adore with them. And we venerate in our hearts those brothers and sisters from whom the sacrifice of their lives has been required for fidelity to Christ: let their blood, united to that of the Lord, be a pledge of peace and reconciliation for the whole world.”

For a list of area Corpus Christi procession today, click here.

For the pope’s complete Corpus Christi homily, click here.

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