Two London women are calling their trip to The Vatican an experience of a lifetime.
Catherinanne George, the Director of Campus Ministry at Brescia University College, and second year student Maggie McLellan attended a conference on pastoral care of international students – and had a chance to speak to Pope Francis.
The pair brought a colouring book created by Londoners of all faiths to present to the leader of the Catholic Church, along with a basket of metal doves. They returned to London earlier this week.
“He looked at (the colouring books) as if he was going to bless them, and Maggie said ‘For you’,” George said on AM980’s Craig Needles Show. “He took a moment, he was so quiet, he bowed himself gently and he said ‘For me?’ I think as Maggie can attest, that was such a phenomenal experience.”
The doves were blessed and will be distributed to Canadians.
“Just a very beautiful, peace filled moment,” George said. “He was so gracious, the way he engaged with every person. He was with us for quite a bit of time, and afterwards people from all around the world came up and were like ‘What did he say to you?'”
The conference happens every 5 years and there were 130 delegates in total.
George and McLellan were unaware that they would get a chance to speak to the Pope when they were the only Canadians selected to attend.
“When we got the information that we were accepted together, it was so ecstatic to be part of such a great opportunity,” McLellan said. “Then we started frantically getting ready, preparing to be the delegates for Canada.”
“The community that we met and engaged with was such an amazing congress to be at.”
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