Pope Francis to nuns at St. Patrick’s Cathedral: ‘I love you very much’

September 24, 2015 11:50 PM

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In his first public appearance in New York, Pope Francis stood beneath the soaring vaulted ceilings of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and told nearly 2,500 priests and nuns that their shared religious vocation was meant to be “lived in joy.”

“There is a cause for rejoicing here,” Francis told the crowd at an evening Vespers prayer service, quoting the words of St. Peter, the Catholic Church’s first pope, while standing in the splendor of an American religious landmark that has recently undergone a $177 million renovation.

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