Pope Francis on Thursday privately celebrated Holy Week rituals with the Cardinal who had explicitly rejected it a few months earlier, apparently in a sign of reconciliation.
Cardinal Angelo Picchio was fired from his important job in the Vatican in September after he was told by Pope Francis that he was accused of embezzling Vatican charitable funds for the benefit of his brothers.
In a statement to reporters after the Vatican, the Cardinal said that the Pope visited Angelo Pisio on Thursday and celebrated mass in the chapel in his own apartment.
A source in the Vatican said that he could not comment on the Pope’s “special obligations”, but he felt “such a brotherly gesture, on a day like Maundy Thursday, did not seem strange.”
France Press agency
Maundy Thursday Mass celebrates Jesus’ final supper with the twelve apostles, and is part of the preparations for Easter, which marks the resurrection of Jesus and is the most important day in the Catholic calendar.
Pope Francis usually celebrates this Mass in public, but this year he delegated the task to the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Giovanni Battista Rey, who led a Mass at Saint John Lateran Church in Rome.
According to the regulations on Coronavirus, attendance has been restricted.
Angelo Pisio was also involved in an investment case for the loss of the Vatican in London, but he always claimed his innocence.
Before his dismissal, he was the head of the Vatican Holiness Department.
Previously, from 2011 to 2018, he was deputy public affairs, a role close to that of the chief of staff of the central bureaucracy of the Vatican. He has not been charged with any crime.
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