Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pope Francis is coming to Catholic Charities!

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You may have heard the amazing news, but if not, Pope Francis has announced he will include a stop at Catholic Charities to meet with some of our clients and maybe even join us in serving lunch with our St. Maria's Meals Van during his visit to Washington, DC in September.

This will be the first time a Pope has visited Catholic Charities since we first opened our doors in 1922.

I keep saying this out loud, but it still seems unbelievable: Pope Francis will visit our clients, in-person! It will be a historic visit, and I am truly humbled the Holy Father has chosen to spend some of his time to visit the people we serve on the same trip where he will address a joint session of the US Congress. What a powerful message.

In the coming weeks, keep an eye on www.CatholicCharitiesDC.org/WalkwithFrancis. We're putting together some fun ways to celebrate the coming visit of the Holy Father to Catholic Charities. It is our hope that his visit will be a huge boost to all of the low-income families and individuals in our community.

Check out some of the media coverage from yesterday's schedule announcement:

CBS 9: http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/2015/06/30/pope-francis-trip-to-the-us-cuba-itinerary/29502041/

ABC 7: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/06/pope-in-u-s-to-meet-with-homeless-prisoners-and-immigrants-115184.html

Catholic Standard: http://www.catholicstandard.org/Content/News/Homepage-Rotating-Articles/Article/Cardinal-Wuerl-details-Vatican-s-official-schedule-for-Pope-Francis-s-visit-to-Washington/2/409/6718