Openly gay Mo Rocca played a critical
role in Pope Francis' Mass at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Rocca, a former Daily Show
correspondent and current CBS Sunday Morning reporter,
delivered the first reading at the Mass in Spanish.
Rocca's reading at Francis' first
public Mass in the United States was from the Old Testament.
“I am deeply grateful and humbled to
have delivered a reading at a Mass celebrated by @Pontifex,” Rocca
The response on social media was
“Seriously, what an amazing statement
that the Pope has openly gay Mo Rocca give the first reading. A
not-subtle message. Bravo,” messaged Steve Safran (@steviesaf).
John Feather (@operacat222) added: “How
many people realize what a huge statement that is? aka he is GAY.”