Walk With Pope Francis Pledge

Pope Francis will arrive in the United States September 22. As a way to welcome the Holy Father, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, along with Catholic Charities DC, invites us to pledge to Walk With Pope Francis. We pledge to pray regularly for the Holy Father and learn more about the joyful message of the Gospel;  reach out and care for those in need; and promote the dignity of human life, justice and peace, family and religious freedom, and care for creation. The goal is 100,000 pledgers.

It is hard to imagine a more perfect gift to present to our Holy Father than the promise that those most in need of prayer and healing, compassion and hope will be touched by Christ’s love by all of us who have taken the Walk With Pope Francis pledge. — Cardinal Wuerlpapal visit-2015

The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. This is a very real danger for believers too. Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry and listless. That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ. — Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel 2



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