by Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA Executive Director
Have you heard? Pope Francis will be in the U.S. this month! During his historic trip to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia, the Pope will meet with President Obama, address a joint session of Congress, speak to the United Nations General Assembly, and lead Mass following the World Meeting of Families. This visit has already sparked electric anticipation among many, intensive media interest in all things Catholic, and a scramble to develop effective responses among people hoping the papal visit helps to move their agenda forward.
DignityUSA has been planning for this visit for nearly a year. While the Pope’s plane doesn’t touch down for weeks yet, we are ready for his arrival! Here’s what we have done and will be doing during the Pope’s time in our country:
Many of our Chapters, Caucuses, and members will be doing intensive media outreach, coordinating local prayer services and vigils, and participating in events connected with the Pope’s trips. Dignity/Washington members will be standing along the Pope’s route to St. Matthew’s Cathedral, with signs made just for this occasion.Look for photos on social media and in the October Dateline. Follow the Pilgrims’ blogs, and support our outreach with prayer and messages on the Pilgrimage website and Facebook page. And if the Pope answers our letter with an agreement to meet, we will surely let you know!