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1,400 children to receive first Communion at papal Mass in Jordan

May 19, 2014

When Pope Francis celebrates Mass on May 24 at Amman International Stadium in Jordan, 1,400 of the 50,000 in attendance will be children receiving their first Communion.

“Preparations for this rite include both the children and their parents, and started four months ago,” Father Rifat Bader, spokesman for the papal visit, told the Fides news agency.

“Hour-long classes are held every Friday where religion teachers and nuns help the children understand and appreciate the Sacrament of the Eucharist,” he added. “The children will stay in their places, and bishops, clerics, priests, deacons and nuns will approach the children and give them the Communion.”


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