Area Catholic schools are using Pope Francis' visit to the United States this week as an opportunity to teach their students about him and his messages. Both Cathedral High School in St. Cloud and Saint Johns Prep have been showing students video clips of the Pope speaking during classes.
It's not exactly a front row seat, but Bishop Donald Kettler of the Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud will have a chance to see Pope Francis on several occassions while he's in the United States this week.
The final volume of The Saint John's Bible was presented to Pope Francis on Friday by the Papal Foundation and Saint John's University. Pope Francis received Letters and Revelation, the last completed volume of the St. Peter Apostles Edition of The Saint John's Bible, signed by Donald Jackson, the Bible's artistic director.
A small group of representatives from Saint John's University will present the final volume of The Saint John's Bible to Pope Francis on Friday. Saint John's University President Michael Hemesath will be a part of the group and says it will be one of the highlights of his life.
Now that the Catholic Church has selected a new Pope, Bishop John Kinney of the St. Cloud Diocese has resumed planning for his retirement. Kinney sent in his letter of resignation when he turned 75 years old last June, which is required by the church.
The Catholic church has elected a new pope. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. He has taken the name Pope Francis.