Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican’s official diplomatic ambassador to the United States, will be among the prelates to participate in the Mass and Rite of Dedication of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on March 3, and will also join other prestigious Catholic leaders at the Conversation with the Cardinals hosted by Bishop Richard F. Stika at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville on Sunday, March 4, at 7 p.m.
Conversation with the Cardinals is free and open to the public.
Officially, Archbishop Pierre holds the title of Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.
Joining Archbishop Pierre on the panel will be Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, former personal secretary to Pope St. John Paul II and Archbishop of Krakow, Poland; Cardinal Justin Rigali, former Archbishop of St. Louis and Philadelphia who also worked in Rome for Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul I, Pope St. John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI; and Cardinal William Levada, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Archbishop of Portland, Ore. and San Francisco.
The Conversation with the Cardinals should offer all those in attendance a rare opportunity to witness, through the eyes of these distinguished guests, the historic papacy as well as the holiness of a saint (Pope John Paul II) of the Catholic Church.