Pope Francis asks Bishop of Hereford to pray for him
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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