DENVER (CBS4) – Charles Chaput celebrated his final mass as Denver’s Catholic archbishop on Sunday.

Chaput held mass before a packed congregation at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception downtown.

Chaput was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to become the new Archbishop of Philadelphia.

On Sunday Chaput he thanked parishioners for helping him lead the Denver Archdiocese for the past 14 years.

“You must be coming here tonight to say goodbye, which I hate to do, and I won’t spend much time doing it because it’s too emotional for me,” he said. “So instead of saying goodbye why don’t we just listen to the word of God again, and celebrate his presence, which is what this is all about.”

Chaput will begin his new duties in Philadelphia next month. His replacement for the position in Denver has not been named.


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