NEW YEAR’S 2022
2022 New Year's Day Mass with the Pope in the Vatican: times and how to watch
Pope Francis will deliver his annual New Year’s Day message from the Vatican to the world. Here’s how you can join the mass virtually on 1 January.
Pope Francis will deliver his annual New Year’s Day message from the Vatican to the world on the 55th World Day of Peace. The 1 January Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Holy Mass will be held in Saint Peter's Basilica starting at 10:00 am local time.
For those who cannot attend in person the Vatican will be livestreaming the mass and then the traditional Angelus blessing from Saint Peter's Square which will be at 12:00 pm.
How can I watch the New Year’s Day Mass live?
Every year the Pope offers the New Year’s Day Mass at the Vatican starting 10:00 am Central European Time, which is 4:00 am Eastern Time in the US.
You can watch Pope Francis deliver the New Year’s Day Mass on the Vatican News YouTube channel live-stream feed.
When will the Pope deliver his annual New Year’s Day message?
After mass the pontiff will go to his usual perch at a window overlooking Saint Peter’s Square to deliver the traditional papal blessing, weather permitting. Last year he gave the Angelus blessing from the papal library due to poor weather.
You can tune in to watch the Angelus blessing also on YouTube at 12:00 pm Central European Time, which is 6:00 am Eastern Time in the US.
Pope Francis has been calling for peace and dialogue in 2021
In his New Year’s Day message last year, the pontiff called for 2021 to be "a year of peace, a year of hope." 2020 had seen the world stricken by the covid-19 pandemic which Pope Francis said had “taught us how much it is necessary to take interest in others’ problems and to share their concerns." In turn that understanding, and reflection will lead to peace.
He has continued that message throughout 2021 which has seen the pandemic drag on, reminding the world that we are all “in the same boat.” And that when it is over “our post-pandemic world will necessarily be different from what it was before the pandemic.”
Over the year his homilies have been filled with advice to take a look at ourselves and refrain from judging and gossiping about our neighbors. As well to not let grudges fester but make peace before the day ends.
In his "Urbi et Orbi" on Christmas Day he talked about how the covid-19 pandemic has worsened the tendency of individuals and world leaders to dig in their heels rather than talk to each other increasing the distance between us. “There is the risk of avoiding dialogue, the risk that this complex crisis will lead to taking shortcuts rather than setting out on the longer paths of dialogue. Yet only those paths can lead to the resolution of conflicts and to lasting benefits for all," the pontiff said.