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Dear Pope Francis,

As Catholics who are inspired by your pastoral ministry as the Bishop of Rome, we are excited to welcome you to the United States in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families. We strongly support your efforts to create a Church and society that is "always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven."

Even when some might oppose your efforts to transform the Church's pastoral outreach to the LGBT community, to divorced and remarried Catholics and to those who live outside the nuclear family structure, know that we stand with you.

We also hope your visit will compel our 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 you 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!" 

And as you always ask of us, we promise to keep you in our prayers.

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