I received this PRESS RELEASE:
CARDINAL WILL PREACH AT SOLEMN MASS MARKING 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRO-LIFE ENCYCLICAL
New York, March 21, 2010 – New York’s Agnus Dei Council of the Knights of Columbus announced today that Edward Cardinal Egan would attend and preach the homily at a Solemn Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation but that he would not celebrate a Pontifical Mass as planned and announced. This Mass will mark the 15th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), the pro-life encyclical by Pope John Paul II issued on March 25, 1995.
In a brief statement received last week, the Cardinal asked that his celebration of the Pontifical Mass “scheduled for March 25th at Holy Innocents Parish be postponed to a later date.” The statement to the Knights explained the reason for postponing the Pontifical celebration:
“Because of so many commitments over the last several weeks, the Cardinal has not had time to prepare for the Mass properly. He looks forward to arranging another date with the Knights of Columbus . . . whose invitation he deeply appreciates.”
His Eminence will nevertheless attend and preach the homily at a Solemn Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation according to the 1962 Missal celebrated by Fr. James Miara of the Archdiocese of New York. The Solemn Mass begins at 7:30 PM at the Church of the Holy Innocents, 128 W. 37th Street, in Manhattan, home to New York City’s Shrine of the Unborn. Before Mass, there will be a Rosary for Life at 7:00 PM.
WHAT: Solemn Mass for Life, Edward Cardinal Egan, Homilist
WHERE: The Church of the Holy Innocents, 128 W. 37th Street, Manhattan
WHEN: Thursday, March 25th; Rosary for Life, 7 PM; Solemn Mass, 7:30 PM
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