Jubilee for prisoners, canonizations among pope's upcoming events

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By Junno Arocho Esteves

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The last three months of the Year of
Mercy include jubilee celebrations for the imprisoned and for homeless people.

Releasing a schedule of liturgical celebrations over which
Pope Francis will preside, the Vatican included Holy Year Masses for prisoners
Nov. 6 and for the homeless Nov. 13.

The schedule, released at the Vatican Sept. 6, also mentions
his planned trips to Georgia and Azerbaijan Sept. 30-Oct. 2, and to Sweden Oct.
31-Nov. 1 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

The pope also will preside over Mass with canonizations in
St. Peter’s Square Oct. 16, World Mission Sunday. The pope will declare six men
and one woman saints, including the Argentine “gaucho priest,” Blessed Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, and Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio,
a 14-year-old Mexican boy martyred for refusing to renounce his faith during
the Cristero War of the

Also on the calendar:

— Sept. 25: Jubilee Mass in St. Peter’s Square for

— Oct. 8: Jubilee Prayer Vigil in St. Peter’s Square with
delegations from Marian shrines around the world.

— Oct. 9: Jubilee Mass in St. Peter’s Square in honor of

— Nov. 4: Memorial Mass
in St. Peter’s Basilica for bishops and cardinals who have died in the past

— Nov. 20: Mass in St.
Peter’s Basilica for the closing of the Holy Year of Mercy.

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