Hello there! So I’m sure you’ve heard, Pope Francis is coming to Washington, DC. Not only is he coming to DC, but he will be visiting CUA! How exciting!
To prepare for the Pope’s visit, many wonderful resources have been published recently. The point of this post is to attempt to put them all in one place for you!
Visit the Archdiocese of Washington’s Papal Visit website to find:
- The YouServe initiative where you can create a video sharing your experience of serving others. Winners of the video contest win tickets to the papal mass & other cool prizes!
- The Papal Visit Media page where you can find fast fact sheets on the Archdiocese and their partners.
- The From Papal Visit to Packed Pews initiative that has really insightful information on how you can “use the papal visit energy to maximize the evangelizing capacity of your parish”; simply said, how you can use the “pope fever” Pope Francis brings to bring people back to church!
- The Catechetical Resources page is my favorite part of the papal visit website! It has lesson plans, brochures and fact sheets for children and adults to help us teach everyone about why the papal visit is important and what Pope Francis is calling us to! This page even has crafts and activities for the little ones!
- Lastly, the Archdiocese just launched their #WalkwithFrancis initiative! In this initiative you can pledge to walk with Francis through prayer, service and action to help transform our community in preparation for his visit.
Visit CUA’s website Pope in DC to find:
- Pope at CUA: Information on CUA’s status as a pontifical university, past papal visits and how CUA is preparing to welcome its third Pontiff to campus!
- The Papal Mass: Information on how CUA is preparing for the mass and the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra.
- News and Social: Here you can find the news blog that features multiple CUA bloggers from different backgrounds and focuses on how they are preparing for the Pope’s visit and what they are expecting from it. Make sure you check out Greta Haussmann’s post on how Pope Francis urges the faithful to pray and live courageously! You can also find CUA’s social media accounts and a photo gallery of past papal visits and our current preparations!
- Media: If you are looking for a media outlet or an expert’s opinion on something related to the papal visit, this is the place to go!
- Resources: A resource page that helps you follow the Pope’s visit throughout his entire USA trip! It also has the papal visit schedule and directions.
Visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s 2015 Apostolic Journey to the United States page and the Pope Francis Visit 2015 website to find Pope Francis’s full schedule for his visit to the US!
I hope this has been helpful to you! All of these resources are incredible and will be of great help to you in preparing to welcome Pope Francis to the US, both practically and spiritually!