DETROIT (AP) – A Catholic choir from Detroit has been asked to sing before Pope Francis at the Vatican.

The Archdiocesan Chorus of Detroit has been invited to sing during a Jan. 5, 2016, Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. It’s part of the Catholic feast day of the Epiphany, which marks the visitation of the three wise men to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.

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Chorus director Joe Balistreri tells the Detroit Free Press it’s particularly exciting because the choir represents the entire 1.3 million-member archdiocese. He it’s “a big honor” and “humbling.”

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The chorus has about 40 members ages 17 to 80. It had already planned a trip to Rome in January and had applied to sing at one of several Masses held daily at St. Peter’s.

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