Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

IMG 3628VATICAN CITY – Fathers Marcin Pluciennik, Jeffrey V. Romans and Jose Mercado hold suitcases filled with 3,000 rosaries to be blessed by Pope Francis and later distributed to the faithful in Connecticut. Eighty people from the Archdiocese of Hartford attended the papal audience in Rome with Pope Francis on Wednesday, May 21, and received his blessing. Prior to the pilgrims' leaving for Rome, Archbishop Henry J. Mansell secured special seating for the pilgrims, who sat approximately 75 feet from the Holy Father. In his remarks, Pope Francis told the tens of thousands in the crowd that "love is the universal language," and discussed the importance of evangelization. He also prayed for those hit by the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma. For many of the Connecticut pilgrims, this was an experience of a lifetime. "It was a spectacular event. The spectacle was impressive, but most of all, the man himself was impressive. He gave the people of the archdiocese special mention, and it was truly a blessing," said Thomas Foley, one of the pilgrims. The rosaries blessed by Pope Francis will be distributed at the Year of Faith Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford on Sunday, June 2, at 3 p.m. The pilgrims will leave to visit other sacred sites and the cities of Orvieto, Assisi, Florence and Venice. They will return to Connecticut on May 29. (Photo by Maria Zone)