We give thanks to God for the news that Pope Francis will be visiting Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families. 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!"

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