Pope will not celebrate end of year and new year ceremonies due to sciatica

A statement from the Holy See Press Office said the celebrations would continue as usual and that Pope Francis, as usual, would pray to Angelus on New Year’s Day.

By author of Vatican News staff

Pope Francis will not preside at the end of the year Vespers and the solemn singing of the Te Deum tonight, December 31, in St. Peter’s Basilica, or during the Holy Mass for the ceremony of Mary, the mother of God, on January 1. to “painful isiatica.”

A statement issued by the Holy See Press Office said the traditional annual celebration on Thursday evening would be led by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, dean of the College of Cardinals, while the Mass would be celebrated on New Year’s Day by the cardinal of the state Pietro Parolin.

However, Pope Francis will pray the Angelus from the Apostolic Library and address the believers at noon on January 1, 2021.