[NEWS] Francis' message of hope a call to action
From Sister Mary and Anne Healy Ayella, via the Philadelphia Inquirer:
In these final days leading up to the papal visit, expectations are high. Religious leaders are praying for a deep renewal among the faithful. Civic leaders are hopeful that our city will gleam in the world spotlight. Business leaders are anticipating a massive economic boost from the million-plus visitors.
Many of us who have been involved in issues of homelessness, hunger, and poverty are especially hopeful:
Pope Francis has been a powerful voice of mercy and justice. One of the most inspiring and compelling aspects of this global religious figure — who has attracted millions, beyond the Catholic community and even those who are not religious — has been his personal acts of compassion and his persistent challenge to reach out to those who suffer and to build a society that includes all persons. His planned visit to a local prison and his talk on immigration during his Philadelphia visit will highlight his special concern for those who are outcast and on the margins.