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Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at cemetery for American war dead on All Souls Day

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 11/01/17

Details, from CNA:

Pope Francis will visit on Thursday an Italian cemetery for American personnel killed in World War II, where he will say Mass for All Souls’ Day. The Pope’s Nov. 2 Mass will be held at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial in Nettuno, a little more than 20 miles south of Albano Laziale. Cemetery Superintendent Melanie Resto said that for Francis to choose to commemorate the fallen soldiers at the cemetery is “the biggest honor I can imagine.” “We didn’t expect the Pope, but it is a great honor,” she added. Pope Francis “will be here to pray for the service members, not only the service members here, but all those who have died in wars.” According to Resto, the cemetery is visited every week by family members of the soldiers whose bodies are buried there. It is open every day, except Christmas and New Years Day. Staff are available to answer questions and to escort relatives to grave sites. Rasto said many of the cemetery staff have been employed at the memorial for more than 25 years; there are already three employees whose fathers worked on the grounds before them. They feel that “it’s an honor to work here,” she said, “and we’re proud to have them.”

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