Gov. Larry Hogan Gets Blessing from Pope Francis

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Hogan and Pope Francis (Md. Governor's Office)
Hogan and Pope Francis (Md. Governor’s Office)

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan met with Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, and received a blessing on behalf of cancer patients from the world Catholic leader.

“It was an incredible honor to meet His Holiness Pope Francis today in Washington and receive his blessings on behalf of all cancer patients,” Hogan posted on Facebook. “My faith, like the faith of countless other patients like me, gives me strength to defeat this disease, and continue to be the best public steward I can be for the people of this great state.”

The governor, who is Catholic, was discharged from the hospital earlier this week following his latest round of chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

In addition to the Pope’s message of healing, Hogan wrote that he was also inspired by the Pope’s words on public service: “Service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas, we serve people.”

The meeting came amid a flurry of activity for the Pope, who also addressed a joint session of Congress and met with a group of homeless people amid his first visit to the U.S.


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