Holy Father’s Visit

PopeFrancisIt’s been quite a week! I was delighted to be among those who welcomed our Holy Father to the United States. As his Alitalia aircraft rolled to a stop at Joint Base Andrews, the crowd was excited and joyful. A person who works at Andrews told me that over the years she had seen many dignitaries arrive but this was different. “It’s not about power but love,” she said. She was on the mark. The Holy Father came to our country as a missionary of mercy. How happy I was to greet this “missionary” personally on behalf of our Archdiocesan family of faith!

Be sure to check out this week’s Catholic Review to read more about my takeaways from the Holy Father’s visit and, in particular, his emphasis on serving the poor, caring for the environment, and the need to safeguard the institution of the family and religious freedom.

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