Pope Francis asks Bishop of Hereford to pray for him

    People News
    29 June 2018
    Catherine Cashmore

    The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith has met Pope Francis as part of a Hereford Cathedral Choir visit to sing at the Papal Mass for the Feast of St Peter & St Paul.

    Following the two-hour Mass, the choir, the Dean of Hereford Cathedral, The Very Revd Michael Tavinor and the Bishop of Hereford, The Rt Revd Richard Frith had a private meeting with Pope Francis in the gardens of the Vatican.

    Bishop Richard described meeting the Pope as ‘quite a moment, fantastic.’ He added: ‘The Pope said pray for me, don’t forget - which I thought was rather lovely.

    Earlier this week, the Hereford Cathedral Choir earned a standing ovation when they gave a special performance at the Sistine Chapel. When the applause had subsided, the Bishop of Hereford told the audience that the Sistine Chapel Choir was invited to make a reciprocal visit to Hereford.

    He added: ‘The singing was wonderful and the setting fantastic. Seeing the two choirs singing together was amazing. It was a sign of so much that we have in common - an event like this could not have happened a generation or two ago. I hope very much that the Sistine Chapel Choir will come to Hereford. We have to make it happen.’


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