Despite the danger brought about by an ongoing civil war there, Filipino nurses still staying in Libya managed to observe a Filipino Christmas tradition: the Simbang Gabi.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said over the weekend the nurses now based in Benghazi “still feel the Christmas spirit.”
“Franciscan missionary Fr. Amado Baranquel got to celebrate the traditional Simbang Gabi at the Benghazi Children’s Hospital,” it said.
A photo posted on the CBCP news site showed Baranquel and some of the Filipina nurses.
The Simbang Gabi is a Filipino tradition where dawn Masses are held from Dec. 16 to 24 – a nine-day countdown to Christmas.