Papal Mass in Washington will be in Spanish

Pope Francis will use the Spanish language in celebrating the canonisation Mass for Blessed Junipero Serra in Washington, DC, later this month.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said that this is in recognition of the US’s large Hispanic population and the fact that Serra spoke Spanish.

Spanish is also the Pope’s native tongue and Francis is the first pontiff from the New World, where Spanish is the main language, Cardinal Wuerl said.

The Washington Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the adjoining campus of the Catholic University of America.

A Jumbotron translation to English will be at the venue.

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