The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, fainted at the conclusion of Holy Thursday Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The archbishop presided at the liturgy and led the procession to the Altar of Repose in the Crypt Church of the Shrine. As the choir sang the "Pange Lingua," +Vigano could be seen speaking to the master of ceremonies and then, a moment later, fell to the floor. A source tells NCR that the archbishop was given some juice at the Shrine and then taken back to the nunciature across town where he had some dinner and is feeling better. He is expected back at the Shrine tomorrow to preside at the Good Friday liturgy.
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