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× A first: Pope Francis celebrates Simbang Gabi in Rome

MANILA, Philippines -- For the first time, Filipinos in Rome will start the traditional "Simbang Gabi" with no less than Pope Francis celebrating the first of the nine dawn Masses leading to Christmas.

According to Fr. Ricky Gente of the Filipino Chaplaincy in Rome, the Pontiff is scheduled to preside over that Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 15 at 4:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. Manila time).


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