Hundreds of area African Catholics, representing dozens of cultures and languages, gathered for the annual archdiocesan African Family Heritage Mass Oct. 23 at St. Irenaeus Church (part of Divine Mercy Parish) in Philadelphia.

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The liturgy enabled participants to express their faith through the lens of vibrant music, language and traditional attire.

(Photos by Gina Christian.)