NEW YORK (WWLP) – What an incredible few days it’s been in Washington, D.C., and New York. Pope Francis has left Catholics and others in both cities with renewed hope, enthusiasm and challenges in their faith and in the world.
The Pope’s final visit in New York on Friday was Madison Square Garden; he held Mass for more than 20-thousand people. The Mass was celebrated in Latin, Spanish, and English.
Earlier Friday, 22News spoke with Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, who’s had an unforgettable week following the Holy Father during this tour. He said he’ll never forget the historic Canonization Mass of Junipero Serra because 35 years ago, the Bishop stood on those same Catholic University steps as a young college student receiving his diploma.
The Bishop said he never could have imagined where God would lead him in the years to come; “I just was there grateful for all the intervening years between my college graduation, priesthood ordination, ordination to bishop and appointment to Springfield as bishop.”
Bishop Rozanski also spoke about his experience at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. The Pope encouraged bishops for the work they do leading their Diocese, and the Bishop said he felt really blessed to be the Shepherd of Springfield as he reflected on all of the people there.
Bishop Rozanski was selected as one of the 60 bishops to greet the Pope. He said, “To be able to greet him, to shake his hand and tell him I was from the Diocese of Springfield, and he said Massachusetts. I was so happy when he said that. He knew exactly where Springfield was.”
Pope Francis is leaving New York Saturday morning, and heading to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. 22News will have Live Coverage with 22News I-Team Reporter Laura Hutchinson all weekend. Make sure to follow 22News on-air and on WWLP.com.
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