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5 People Who Celebrated Mass With Pope Francis

People came from near and far to celebrate, and be a part of, Pope Francis' canonization Mass of Junipero Serra.

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Markita Gray, a 25-year-old member of the Piscataway tribe of Native Americans, before bringing gifts to the altar. Her priest at the St. Mary's of Piscataway Church in Clinton, Md., got her involved in the Papal Mass. She's a part-time religious education director.
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From left to right: MaryAnn King, Sylvia Ferreira, Debra Aranmolape, of Saint John the Evangelist Church in Clinton, Md. They won tickets to Pope Francis' canonization Mass on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, with essays about their involvement with the church. Aranmolape: "I always appreciate how he is down to earth."
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"I had to see him on my home turf," said Washington D.C. resident Christine Fontaine, 22, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Fontaine, a graduate student at the Catholic University of America who arrived at the Basilica at 2 p.m., had already seen Pope Francis elected in Rome, while she was studying abroad.
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"Having a pope who’s Argentine is so special," said Pilar Ditata, a Bethesda, Md., resident who moved from Argentina and would celebrate Mass at the Basilica, hoping to have her mini Argentine flag blessed.
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Anthony Margiotta, 37, of Frederick, Md., and Christopher van der Merwe, turning 32, of Silver Spring, Md., are members of the Knights of Columbus who will be ushering bishops to Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.
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