As Deacon Greg Kandra and FarodiRoma note, the it is reported that Pope Francis will move the celebration of Corpus Christi to Sunday, following the Italian calendar rather the Vatican calendar, which celebrates it on Thursday. The move would be aimed at increasing participation on the feast from both the Roman faithful and pilgrims.

The Vatican continues to use two deacons for the procession, rather than carrying the Blessed Sacrament on the the “popemobile.” This began in 2013, when Francis participated on foot behind the popemobile rather than riding on it on a prie-dieu. In subsequent years, the pope has taken a car to St. Mary Major rather than participating in the procession out of a desire to increase the focus on the Blessed Sacrament, rather than himself.

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