Knee Pains Force Pope Francis to Sit Out Feast of Corpus Christi Celebrations

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Hundreds of pilgrims gathered at St. Peter’s Basilica to participate in the procession and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

The Archpriest of the Basilica, Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, was the main celebrant. In his homily, he said that faith and a change of attitude are necessary in order to accomplish what Jesus asks of us.

Unfortunately, Pope Francis was unable to preside at this year’s Corpus Christi Mass or take part in the procession. On Monday, the Holy Father informed the public that he will not be celebrating the Eucharist for this year’s holiday due to his ongoing knee pain.

For the past two years, the solemnity inside St. Peter’s Basilica has been met with limited attendance and no procession due to the pandemic.