Pope celebrates Mass for 300,000 in Venice

The pope is celebrating an open-air Mass for 300,000 faithful in Venice.

Updated: May 08, 2011, 15:45 PM IST

Venice: Pope Benedict XVI is celebrating an open-air Mass for 300,000 faithful in Venice, the spiritual highlight of his two-day pastoral visit.

Benedict greeted worshippers from his popemobile as he arrived for Sunday Mass, stopping briefly to kiss a swaddled infant wearing pink socks who was passed to him from the crowd.

It is the first papal visit to the city since John Paul II plied the canals in a gondola 26 years ago. The Mass was being celebrated in an expansive park.
Organisers erected an enormous domed stage for the occasion replicating St Mark`s Basilica, with images of its golden mosaics printed on cloth.

Bureau Report