‘Minnesota’s Mother Teresa’ to get private papal audience in Washington

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September 21, 2015


Mary Jo Copeland celebrates during the dedication of a new addition to Mary’s Place Aug. 25, which featured Bishop Andrew Cozzens. Copeland, her husband, Dick, and Bishop Cozzens are scheduled to have a private audience with Pope Francis Sept. 24 at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C. Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit

By Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit

MINNEAPOLIS (CNS) — A Catholic servant of the poor from Minnesota whom some consider a living saint will have a private audience with Pope Francis in Washington Sept. 24.

Mary Jo Copeland, 73, who founded Sharing and Caring Hands in 1985, will meet the pontiff in person, along with her husband, Dick, and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Her voice cracked with emotion several times as she tried to describe what this meeting means to her and her ministry to the poor.

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