Pope to visit, celebrate Mass at U.S. seminary in Rome

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April 17, 2015

Pope Francis greets crowd as he arrives to lead general audience in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican . (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will visit the Pontifical North American College May 2 and celebrate Mass there at the end of a conference on the life and significance of Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan founder of California missions whom the pope will canonize in the United States in September.

Guzman Carriquiry, secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, which is sponsoring the study day in Rome along with the North American College, said April 17 that Pope Francis would arrive at midday for the Mass with the U.S. seminarians, U.S. and Mexican cardinals in Rome, as well as with Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles and other conference participants.

Some 250 seminarians, most from the United States, study at the college on the Janiculum Hill overlooking St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. The building was inaugurated personally by Pope Pius XII in 1953. St. John XXIII visited in 1959; Blessed Paul VI visited the campus in 1970; and St. John Paul II visited in 1980.

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