(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint of the Americas, at St Peter’s Basilica on Friday evening.
The Mass, which is to begin at 6 p.m., is to be preceded by the recitation of the Rosary of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Advent prayers and popular Latin-American hymns.
The Mass will feature hymns from the “Misa Criolla,” written by Argentinian composer Ariel Ramìrez, sung by an Argentinian musical group and accompanied by a Roman choir, called “Musica Nuova.” His son, Facundo Ramìrez, will direct.
The concelebrants are to include Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation of Bishops and president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America; Cardinal Norbert Rivera Carrera of Mexico City; Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis of Aparecida; Cardinal Seàn Patrick O’Malley of Boston; and Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, archbishop-emeritus of Santiago.
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