September 2, 2015

On a pilgrimage to Rome with the Catholic Extension Board of Governors, our chancellor Archbishop Blase Cupich and president Fr. Jack Wall were able to meet with Pope Francis and introduce him to Flat Francis. He loved it!

Since launching the #FlatFrancis campaign in April, we have received more than 2,000 images from Catholics around the country who are excited for the Pope's first visit to the United States. To see all of the photos and submit your own, visit Read our official statement about the meeting below.

Following the general audience with Pope Francis today in Rome, the Holy Father met with members of the board of governors of Catholic Extension, including Archbishop Blase Cupich.

“During our interaction with the Holy Father, we were able to show him an image of “Flat Francis” – part of a social media campaign created by Catholic Extension to welcome the pope to America. Since its launch earlier this year, photos have been received from every state in the U.S. of the cutout with the hashtag #FlatFrancis as a way to welcome Pope Francis to America. I also had the opportunity to show him Extension magazine, the organization’s official publication, which just came out and features the Holy Father on the cover,” said Cupich.

In anticipation of the Holy Father’s historic first visit to the U.S. later this month, Catholic Extension presented the Holy Father with symbols from the Catholic communities on the margins that are supported by Catholic Extension during its pilgrimage and retreat this week.  Cupich noted during the pilgrimage that Catholic Extension is a unique organization in the U.S. that has been living out the pope’s call to be present to those on the peripheries for more than one hundred years.

Video courtesy of EWTN News Nightly

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