HARTFORD – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell and Msgr. John J. McCarthy, rector of the Cathedral of St. Joseph, are inviting the public to view the Inauguration Mass of the new Holy Father, Pope Francis, at 3:50 a.m. EDT March 19 at the cathedral.
"This is an exhilarating and momentous occasion that I would like to share with our archdiocese," said the archbishop. "It is a way for us to celebrate this very special day and offer our heartfelt support and prayers to the new Holy Father as a faithful community."
The live Mass from St. Peter’s Square in Rome will be projected on a screen in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the cathedral. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
Father Christopher Tiano is coordinating the viewing. He said he is excited to offer this opportunity.
"This is a historic moment, and the idea of experiencing it with parishioners from across Connecticut, who are as excited as I am, is thrilling," he said.
Father Tiano is the new director of the Office of Religious Education and Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Free and secure parking is available adjacent to the Chancery Building at 134 Farmington Ave.