Law to Preside at High-Profile Mass in Rome

By Eric Convey
Boston Herald [Rome]
July 29, 2004

Bernard Cardinal Law is about to step into the public eye in the most significant capacity since he left Boston 19 months ago.

On Aug. 5, Boston's archbishop emeritus is scheduled to preside over a highly publicized Mass at Rome's Basilica of St. Mary Major, where he was recently installed as archpriest.

Next week's ceremony, rich in pomp, marks the hot August night in 358 when, according to tradition, snow fell on the site that became home to the church.

Pope Liberius traced the outline of the church in the snow, the story goes. The resulting building has been expanded many times.

Law's Masswill follow several days of ceremonies in which other bishops and priests have been invited to take part.

As part of the event, thousands of flower petals will be released to symbolize snowfall.

Law resigned as Boston's archbishop Dec. 13, 2002.


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