June 29, 2015
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.”