Cardinal from Mumbai visits Clifton church

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Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India, unexpectedly celebrated Mass April 21 at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Clifton.

The cardinal was traveling in the United States when he missed his April 21 flight from Dulles Airport to Rome. His American friends contacted St. Andrew the Apostle Church to ask if he could celebrate Mass Sunday morning. Parishioners at the 8:45 a.m. Mass were surprised to have Cardinal Gracias as the celebrant on Good Shepherd Sunday.

The Mass was concelebrated by Father Robert L. Ruskamp, parochial vicar, and Father Justin O. Puthussery, who is from India, and in residence at St. Andrew. He celebrates an Eastern Rite (Syro-Malabar) Mass at St. Andrew every Sunday afternoon. 

Cardinal Gracias rescheduled his flight for Sunday afternoon.

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