Archbishops who attended pallium Mass struck by sense of unity

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June 29, 2015

Archbishops Anthony Fisher of Sydney and Blase J. Cupich of Chicago leave after attending Pope Francis' celebration of Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29. In a departure from a 32-year tradition, the pope did not confer palliums to the 46 new archbishops in attendance. The actual imposition of the pallium will take place in the archbishop's archdiocese. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PALLIUMS June 29, 2015.

Archbishops Anthony Fisher of Sydney and Blase J. Cupich of Chicago leave after attending Pope Francis’ celebration of Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican June 29. In a departure from a 32-year tradition, the pope did not confer palliums to the 46 new archbishops in attendance. The actual imposition of the pallium will take place in the archbishop’s archdiocese. (CNS photo/Paul Haring

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Archbishops who attended Mass with Pope Francis as he blessed their woolen palliums said they were struck by a sense of unity.

Seeing archbishops from so many different countries showed “how the Lord is working in all these people and all these cultures. It’s just so beautiful to see it come together,” said Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney told Catholic News Service that since the pallium “is a sign of the communion between the pope — the bishop of Rome, and the major archdioceses around the world,” the Mass and blessing showed “that we are a church of churches, that we have all these areas, regions around the world, but we are all one church united through the ministry of Peter, the pope.”

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