Bishop Cunningham meets Pope Francis

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham meets Pope Francis following midday prayer at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle Sept. 23, 2015. (Screen grab from USCCB live video feed)

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham was among the U.S. bishops who met Pope Francis in the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle Sept. 23, after the Holy Father offered midday prayer.

Due to time constraints, Pope Francis was not able to personally greet all of the nearly 300 bishops present, however, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ administrative committee were among those selected to meet the Holy Father, Bishop Cunningham said. Bishop Cunningham represents New York State on the committee.

The moment was brief, but very nice, Bishop Cunningham said. Upon meeting Pope Francis, the bishop “welcomed him to the United States and assured him of the prayers and good wishes of the people of New York State, and in a special way, the Diocese of Syracuse,” he said.

The Holy Father, through a translator, said “‘Thank you very much, be assured that we remember you in prayer, and please pray for me,’” Bishop Cunningham said.

Watch the meeting in the video below at the 1:56:51 mark.

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