Pope Francis has bestowed papal honors on 40 local individuals for their dedication and exceptional service to the Catholic Church.

The 24 women and 16 men received their awards from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput during a Sept. 5 evening prayer service at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, joined by hundreds of friends, family members and colleagues.

(All photos by Sarah Webb.)

(Read our full feature story on the papal honors:  “Unsung Catholics quietly doing good works receive papal awards.”)