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Officer wounded in the line of duty to greet Pope Francis

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 14, 2015 1:37 AM
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Pope Francis walks past a crowd of faithful and employees of the Rome's Cooperative Credit Bank during an audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

(Philadelphia) -- A Philadelphia police officer wounded in the line of duty seven years ago will be among those greeting Pope Francis when he arrives in the City of Brotherly Love later this month. 

The archdiocese of Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families say Officer Richard Bowes, his wife and three children have been chosen to greet the pope when he arrives in the city on Sept. 26.

The surprise announcement was made during Sunday Mass at St. Christopher's Church in the Somerton neighborhood of northeast Philadelphia, where Bowes and his family are parishioners.  

Bowes was shot while responding to a September 2008 shooting in north Philadelphia that claimed the life of another officer, Patrick McDonald.

After being wounded, he shot and killed the suspect, 27-year-old Daniel Giddings.  

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