We're excited by the schedule of Pope Francis’s September trip to the United States that was released early this morning. Though his trip will include visits among the powerful at the White House, in Congress, and at the United Nations, it’s his other stops that will highlight Francis’s hope to be the leader of “a poor Church for the poor.” In his five-day trip to the United States, the pope will visit the homeless in Washington, immigrants in Harlem, and prisoners in Philadelphia.
We pray that his pastoral visit will confirm the American people in the great truth that Francis has communicated throughout his pontificate: that God never grows tired of loving us.
We hope that Francis uses this trip to advance his vision for a Church that is a “place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.”
We also hope his visit will compel our country's leaders to move past partisan divisions and work together to create a nation where families are strong and where everyone has a name, a face and a future. We join our prayers with Francis and "beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people and the lives of the poor!"Read more
While we are still studying the details of the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell, we're excited that the Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. As Catholics, we know that every person has a God-given right to quality, affordable health care. This law--though imperfect--is built on this same ideal. We remain committed to implementing and improving this health care law to ensure that every person living in the United States receives this basic human right.
In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a bipartisan group of elected officials in South Carolina calling for the Confederate flag to be removed, bottled water from California may be contaminated with E Coli, and the working document for the fall's Synod is released.Read more