On Saturday evening Pope Benedict XVI presided over the vespers to mark the end of the year 2011 and in the name of the whole Church, to thank God for all the benefits he bestowed to mankind and to ask pardon for the sins committed during the year. The liturgy took place in St. Peter’s Basilica and was attended by hundreds of the faithful including cardinals, bishops, priests, religious and laity. ...»
A vigil for peace in families and in the world
On the eve of a new year and to mark the 45th World Day of Peace, a vigil will take place tonight in St Peter’s Square. People are being invited to pray for peace between nations and in families. The event is being organised by the Italian association Family of the Small Church.
“Every hour there is a particular community that prays during the night, in particular prays to Mary. The intention of this is to pray for peace in families and in the world”, says Cesare Bini, one of the movement’s members.
Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, President Emeritus of the Governatorate of Vatican City State will begin the vigil at 11.15 pm .
It concludes at 7am Sunday morning 1st January. Listen to Lydia O'Kane's interview