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Feb. 22 to be a 'Day of Thanksgiving' to Honor Retiring Pope

On Feb. 22, the Diocese of Trenton will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton in honor of Pope Benedict XVI who will resign the papacy effective Feb. 28 due to declining health.

Editor's Note: The following is a news release issued by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced that Feb. 22, 2013, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, will be observed as a day of prayer and thanksgiving throughout the Diocese of Trenton for the ministry and service of Pope Benedict XVI.

Bishop O’Connell has called for the intentions of the Holy Father to be included in all Masses celebrated in the Diocese that day.

Also on Feb. 22, the diocesan community will gather for a Mass of Thanksgiving at 12:10 p.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Bishop O’Connell will celebrate the Mass, joined by priests of the Diocese. All of the faithful are invited to participate.

The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter brings to mind the mission of teacher and pastor conferred by Christ on Peter, and continued in an unbroken line down to the present Pope.

It was announced Feb. 11 that Pope Benedict XVI will resign the papacy effective Feb. 28 due to declining health.

For further information about the Mass, call the Diocese’s Office of Communications at (609) 403-7199.

St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral is located at 151 N. Warren St., Trenton, NJ 08608.

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