Pope Francis celebrates Simbang Gabi at the Vatican

Pope Francis, will celebrate mass at the Vatican for the 500th anniv of Christianity in PH

Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle

Pope Francis will lead Filipinos in Italy in the celebration of the 500th year of Christianity in the Philippines.

According to Scalabrinian Father Ricky Gente of the Filipino Chaplaincy in Rome, the Holy Father will hold a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 14 at 10:00 p.m.

But due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, only a limited number will be allowed to attend mass inside the basilica.

Gente added that the mass will be livestreamed to reach Filipinos around the world.

“Join us in Rome to pray, praise and thank God for his gift of the Christian faith,” he said.

Pope Francis was accompanied by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, vical general of Rome.

Apart from this, the Pope will also lead the traditional Angelus prayer at St. Peter’s Square at noon after Mass.

If you recall, in 2019 Pope Francis also led the traditional “Simbang Gabi” Mass with the Filipino community in Rome and recognized the role of overseas Filipino workers in the growth of the Catholic Church around the world.

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