Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and his wife met with Pope Francis in Rome today.
Corbett is in Rome for meetings on behalf of the World Meeting of Families.
“As a member of the Roman Catholic faith, and in seeing the remarkable impact Pope Francis has had throughout the world, meeting him was a moving and impressive experience,” Corbett said. “I was immediately humbled by his presence.”
During their meeting with the Holy Father, the Corbetts presented Pope Francis with gifts from Pennsylvania. The gifts include:
— Four ceramic tiles representing the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The tiles were made at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown;
— A first edition copy of Philadelphia artist Jerry Pinkney’s children’s book, “Noah’s Ark.” Pinkney personally inscribed the book “For His Holiness Pope Francis.” Instead of writing a personal message, Pinkney drew the dove of peace;
— The book, “Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell,” inscribed by Jane Golden. Golden is the founder and executive director of the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia. The book chronicles the humble origins of the program as an anti-graffiti effort and its growth into the largest mural program in the nation. Golden wrote a personal inscription inside the book: “To the Holy Father who understands the importance of giving a voice to the people. I hope you enjoy these stories of dignity and hope;”