I was recently in Rome for a series of meetings with Vatican officials. It coincided that my trip was over the same weekend of the Papal Mass celebrated by His Holiness Pope Francis for the occasion of the closing of the Year of Faith. Many of you probably watched it on television. I was privileged to have a front row seat beside the altar. All of you were in my prayers. The following day I had a special Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica at the altar of Mater Ecclesiae (Mother of the Church) for the intentions of all of our members, benefactors and friends.
Thomas McKenna awaits the Papal Mass Pope Francis arrives
Pope incensing the Altar and the relics of St. Peter
Pope Francis venerates an image of Our Lady Pope Francis blessing with the Gospel