ROCKHAMPTON Bishop Michael McCarthy and Wilcannia-Forbes Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green hold cherished memories of their meeting with Pope Francis after their attendance at a school for new bishops in Rome.
The school ran for two weeks from early September.
Bishop McCarthy had anticipated the meeting and before leaving for Rome said his diary had a “great circle around the date Thursday, September 18”.
He also met up with Rockhampton diocese’s Fr Andrew Chase who is studying in Rome.
“I took all members of the diocese with me in my prayers and prayed for them at the Tombs of Saints Peter and Paul,” Bishop McCarthy said.
“I also conveyed the diocese’s greetings to Pope Francis when I met him.”
Bishop Macbeth-Green said meeting Pope Francis with 137 other new bishops had definitely been one of the highlights of his latest visit to Rome.
“After the Pope addressed us, we all got to meet him individually,” he said.
“He came across in person as a very special and inspiring fellow.”
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