MANILA ARCHBISHOP LUIS ANTONIO CARDINAL TAGLE TO BE FIRST FILIPINO TO LEAD SIMBANG GABI MASS IN ROME
Cardinal Luis Tagle will preside at the Simbang Gabi on Dec. 20, in Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, and will be the first Filipino cardinal to celebrate the traditional mass in the ancient city.
According to Sentro Pilipino Chaplaincy priest, Fr. Ricky Gente, the Pope earlier agreed to hold Simbang Gabi in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City but due to safety protocols, only 168 people would be allowed and a maximum of 3 priests to concelebrate the mass.
This would have been the 5th year that Simbang Gabi is held at St. Peter’s Basilica.
The parish council opted for the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore which allows more than 200 churchgoers.