From the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, a story about its annual procession in Rome in honor of Our Lady on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. There are several very nice photos at the link. It appears that there were somewhat more than 65 people participating.

As an aside, the church where the procession concluded, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, is one of my favorite churches in Rome. I love the history of it (built on the foundations of a temple to Minerva, it is a monument to the triumph of Our Lady over paganism), the art within and without (Bernini’s obelisk-toting elephant and Michaelangelo’s Christ Bearing the Cross, among others) and the presence of the tombs of two giants of the Church (St. Catherine of Siena and Fra Angelico).


Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome

On December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest organized for the second consecutive year a candlelight Marian procession through the very heart of Rome in honor of Mary Immaculate.

His Eminence Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, presided over the procession, which began at the Church of Jesus and Mary (Chiesa Gesu e Maria), the home of the Institute’s apostolate in Rome. Canons, a deacon, and seminarians of the Institute led the faithful in singing Marian hymns and in reciting the Holy Rosary.

A very large crowd of over 1500 faithful, following the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, filed down the Via del Corso and through other avenues which serve as main arteries through the center of the city to Chiesa Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. In this splendid Gothic church of the Dominicans, Cardinal Hoyos offered Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.