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By Catholic World News, December 31, 2021

Pope Francis, who was scheduled to preside at the singing of the Te Deum in St. Peter’s basilica on December 31, bowed out of that role, but delivered a homily at the annual service.

The Pontiff traditionally leads the Te Deum on the last day of the year, with leaders of the Roman Curia joining him in the prayer of thanksgiving for the blessings of the year. The program for the event had indicated that Pope Francis would preside. But instead Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, the dean of the College of Cardinals, led the service. …

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