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Holy Thursday in the Sistine Chapel

pio xi cappella sistina 2Liturgy of the Holy Thursday in the Sistine Chapel celebrated in the assistance of Holy Father Pius XI. On this day, only two cardinals take their places at the papal throne, because the cardinal dean, normally acting as an assistant bishop, is celebrating the Mass and is visible in front of the steps on the right side of the altar. Apart from the cardinals in cappae magnae, occupying the first benches, one can also see other prelates and members of the papal court in the photo.