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Pope Francis' Whirlwind Trip Inspires

Posted: October 06, 2015

Pope Francis’ visit to the US was a whirlwind. Even for the savviest global traveler New York City, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia would be a packed agenda. The Pope’s trip was filled with visits to elected officials including President Obama, the Joint Session of Congress, The United Nations and Ground Zero. Hundreds of thousands of people traveled from across the country to be a part of this historic moment.

 Pope Francis is the leader of the Catholic Church with over a billion members world-wide. The Pope embraces his role with joy and the heart of a servant. His sense of humor, smile and genuine delight has captured the imagination of believers and non-believers. Pope Francis’ passion for the marginalized and impoverished was reflected in his speeches. …But more important than his words were actions… The Pope spent time at Catholic Charities soup kitchen and listened to stories. Beyond spending time with dignitaries, he washed feet, kissed babies and embraced everyone within his reach.

 Pope Francis’ appeal lies in his authenticity, and deep spiritual values grounded in the Gospel. His emphasis on love and mercy are words that resonate with people everywhere. He is also calling all of us to encounter one another and to build an economy that provides for all of our citizens. The Pope’s message of the value of family as the building block for a healthy country was not missed on the tens of thousands who traveled to Philadelphia to attend the Mass and to celebrate families.

 Pope Francis’ trip was filled with large and small gestures. His willingness to enter the heartbreak of America when he visited Ground Zero and offered his prayers, showed his deep compassion. There are so many moments that made the Pope’s trip remarkable. The Pope’s whirlwind trip highlights that there is still more work to do to reduce poverty and to create a more just economy. If you are interested in joining our work at St. Patrick’s, contact Social Justice. If you would like to see more details on his trip, The Guardian has extensive coverage.

--Maura