The Diocese of Des Moines
Bishop celebrates Mass commemorating canonizations
April 24, 2014
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

In honor of the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, Bishop Richard Pates will celebrate a Mass on Sunday, April 27, at St. Patrick Church at Irish Settlement. This is the oldest church in the Diocese of Des Moines and the only church visited by Pope John Paul II during his historic visit to Iowa in 1979. After visiting the parish, the pontiff flew to Living History Farms,w here he celebrated an outdoor Mass for thousands of people. After the Mass on Sunday, Bishop Pates will go to Christ the King Church on Des Moines' south side, where he will celebrate Mass in honor of Divine Mercy Sunday, a devotion instituted by Pope John Paul II. Save to


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