Bishop Olson Meets with Pope Francis

September 19, 2014

Bishop Michael F. Olson met with Pope Francis Thursday, September 18, 2014 as part of a delegation of new bishops who have been appointed by the Pope in the last year. Bishop Olson has been in Rome attending a conference for the new bishops who are from around the world.

Pope Francis addressed the delegation of bishops, telling them “nothing is more important than introducing people to God!” During the Papal session, Bishop Olson met individually with Pope Francis.

In addition to Bishop Olson, Pueblo, Colorado Bishop Stephen J. Berg, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and former Fort Worth Diocese vicar general, and San Angelo Bishop Michael J. Sis attended the bishops’ conference. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Click here to read Pope Francis’ comments to the Bishops
Click here for video about Bishop Olson’s meeting with Pope Francis

Click here to read Bishop Olson’s tweet about his visit with Pope Francis
Click here to see Bishop Olson's tweet about Bishops Berg and Sis


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