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Green Bay's Bishop Ricken Meets Pope Francis

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Crowds lined the streets in Italy cheering as Pope Francis slowly drove by and while most of us watched the scene unfold on television, Green Bay's Bishop David Ricken was there and saw it all in person.

"He was in the Popemobile, but he would get out of the Popemobile and go and say a blessing for somebody, kiss somebody on the forehead these little children or handicap people.  He is so moving, he is so engaged and very, very kind," says Bishop Ricken.

Bishop Ricken was at the Vatican last week facilitating discussions between inter-denominational Christian leaders. On Wednesday the group took a break from their meetings to watch the Pontiff speak then Bishop Ricken was granted a brief one-on-one audience with Pope Francis.

"He's got a beautiful feeling of peace about him and joy. I introduced who I was, what I was doing and at the end he said 'pregate per me' which means 'pray for me'," he says.

It was a simple request and a powerful one.

"It is emotional! You can almost feel the love pouring out of him you know," says Ricken.

"He's fully present, he's right there where he is. Not thinking about something else. He's just right with the people where he is. It's beautiful to see."

It's an experience and a blessing he wants to share with others here in Green Bay.

"I try to do that I work at that, but just seeing the way he did it really made a big impression on me so, I'm going to think and pray more about how I can imitate him with that because it's wonderful and it's very, very meaningful for the people," says Ricken.

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