1,400 children to receive First Communion from Pope Francis on Holy Land pilgrimage

(news.va) About 1400 boys and girls from all over Jordan will receive the sacrament of communion for the first time during the Mass that Pope Francis will celbrate on Saturday, May 24 at the Amman International Stadium. This was confirmed to Fides Agency by Father Rifat Bader, director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media and official spokesman for the papal visit. 

“Preparations for this rite include both the children and their parents, and started four months ago, adding that hour-long classes are held every Friday where religion teachers and nuns help the children understand and appreciate the sacrament of the Eucharist. The children will stay in their places, and bishops, clerics, priests, deacons and nuns will approach the children and give them the communion” says Fr. Bader. 

Fifty thousand tickets for the Mass with the Pope have been distributed through the parishes of the Hashemite Kingdom. About 500 young volunteers will be working as ushers at the ceremony.
Students at Rosary School in the Marj Al Hamam area in Amman receive training
in preparation for their meeting with Pope Francis next week (Photo by Rula Samain)