en.news Allegedly due his knee, Francis' Corpus Christi Eucharist and procession with the Eucharistic Blessing will not take place, the Vatican press office has announced.
The past two years the celebration took place in St. Peter's Basilica in a very reduced form under the Covid-19 pretext. Usually, Corpus Christi was celebrated outside the Lateran Basilica for all Roman parishes followed by a procession to Saint Mary Major's.
This year, for the feast St Peter's Archpriest, Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, will simply preside a Eucharist at the meal-table of the Chair in Saint Peter's like in any Italian parish. A procession with the Eucharistic Blessing will follow.
Francis is known for disregarding the presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and for not bothering to kneel or genuflect in front of it.
The knee excuse is belied by the fact that when the announcement of Bergoglio's schedule for the months of June and July was made, which was published on June 3, 2022, he was not scheduled to celebrate the Corpus Christi Mass. However, the program included other masses and other activities such as his trip to Canada, including the trip to the Congo, which was later announced to be canceled due to his knee problem. On June 6, this article was published that said: Pope Francis will not celebrate public Corpus Christi Mass (Vatican Press Office) - Catholic Daily