By Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sharing the sacred vessels used during the Papal Mass celebrated by Pope Francis eight days ago on the Ben Franklin Parkway. It’s also now looking for a permanent home for other larger elements that made up the altar.READ MORE: Powerful Casket Art Display Highlights Impact Of Gun Violence In Philadelphia
Father Dennis Gill, rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, was the man in charge of arrangements for the pope’s Mass. He says many of the altar chalices used for the consecration of the wine and hundreds of containers which were used by priests and deacons to distribute communion on the parkway already have been gifted.READ MORE: 'We Are At A Pivotal Moment': Gov. Tom Wolf Begs Pennsylvania Lawmakers To Talk To Unvaccinated Constituents
“The chalices and ciboria we gave away to parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and to some of our high schools and other institutions. We still have many more vessels on hand and we’ll make use of them when we have large celebrations here in the archdiocese in the future.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Restaurants Martha, Irwin's Upstairs To Require Proof Of COVID-19 Vaccination For Indoor Dining
But Gill says the altar Pope Francis stood at, the ambo or pulpit from which he spoke, the president’s chair in which he sat, the concelebrant chairs and the large crucifix hung at the rear of the open-air altar were transferred to the Cathedral Basilica. Gill says they can still be viewed by the public, but he says the archdiocese is hoping to find a suitable place where they can be used and also serve as reminders of the historic visit by the pope to Philadelphia.