Bishop Rhoades meets with Pope Francis

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades shakes hands with Pope Francis during a visit to Vatican City on November 24, 2014. Photo Credit: L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY (WANE) Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades was a concelebrant of the 7 a.m. morning Mass on November 24 with Pope Francis at the chapel in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where the pope lives. Bishop Rhoades read part of the Eucharistic Prayer in Italian.

The bishop is in Rome with a contingency from Saint Mary’s College, who were expected to arrive in Rome for a presentation of a report titled “Voices of Young Catholic Women” to the pope.

In a telephone conversation with Bishop Rhoades on November 24, he told Today’s Catholic that the Mass, celebrated in Italian, was very simple and very prayerful. He said there were about 40 people in attendance and about half were priests. Bishop Rhoades was the only bishop at the Mass.

After Mass, Bishop Rhoades said all gathered in quiet prayer with the pope. Pope Francis then greeted Bishop Rhoades.

Bishop Rhoades assured Pope Francis of the prayers of the diocese and the pope offered his blessing upon the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Bishop Rhoades thanked Pope Francis for his ministry to the Church and said he looked forward to his visit to the United States in September.
Bishop Rhoades said Pope Francis asked for the prayers of the diocese and Bishop Rhoades told Pope Francis he could count on them.

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