PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Vatican is recognizing a group of people from the Philadelphia area for their exceptional service to the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Francis approved the special honors for 28 individuals.

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“We have men and women who have served in education ministries throughout their careers, philanthropists, men and women religious, folks who have supported vocations, pro-life work, the charitable ministries of the archdiocese that help those most in need,” said Ken Gavin, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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The honors will be presented by Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul during a vespers service on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 4 p.m.

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To see the full list of honorees, click here.