Pope Accepts Challenge Coin from Bishop Spencer

Pope Francis accepted a challenge coin from Bishop Spencer during a special audience for military members and their families in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 30. When Bishop Spencer explained to the pope the tradition of challenge coins and that, “The next time the two of you meet after being ‘coined,’ the person receiving the coin must show the coin from the original presenter. If they do not have the coin with them, then they owe you a beer,” the Pope asked smilingly if he would accept wine instead.

 

Pope Francis accepts a military coin from Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services during a special audience for military members and their families in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 30. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-RECONCILE May 2, 2016.

Photo Credit: Catholic News Service/Paul Haring