Pope to celebrate ‘simple weekday Mass’ for 20,000 at Madison Square Garden

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September 3, 2015

A taxi drives past Madison Square Garden in New York City Aug. 27. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the arena Sept. 25. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

A taxi drives past Madison Square Garden in New York City Aug. 27. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the arena Sept. 25. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

NEW YORK (CNS) — A “simple weekday Mass” is in the works when Pope Francis celebrates the liturgy with 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden during his U.S. visit.

“Simple” takes on a new dimension when the pope is the celebrant and the congregation clears security checkpoints hours before the opening notes of the entrance hymn at the Sept. 25 celebration.

“In substance, every Mass is the same. This one is a little bit more elaborate,” New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said of the archdiocese’s planning effort Sept. 2.

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