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William Jonas, assistant vice president for university relations, published a commentary in Presbyterian Outlook on his experience at Pope Francis's Mass at Catholic University. See below.

Pope of (all) the people

From: Presbyterian Outlook
Date: Oct. 1, 2015
Author: William A. Jonas

Last week, I experienced two events that I never dreamed I would. The first was being part of the planning team for the Canonization Mass of Blessed Junípero Serra, celebrated by Pope Francis. The second was the surreal experience of meeting the Holy Father at the Apostolic Nunciature prior to his departure for New York.

As you might guess, I am not a practicing Roman Catholic. Instead, I am a ruling elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon, Virginia. I happen to work at The Catholic University of America and have had the great fortune of helping plan the visit of two popes to our campus— Benedict XVI in 2008 and Francis in 2015. The visit of Pope Benedict was extraordinary – planning an event for 30,000 was incredible, exhilarating and moving. And then there is Francis.

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