The entire country is in a gleeful frenzy preparing for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the United States next week. The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, will play a special role in the Papal Visit and has been preparing accordingly.
Pope Francis will land at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington on Tuesday, September 22, travel to New York City on Thursday, September 24, arrive in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 26, and finally depart for Rome on Sunday, September 27. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on the Catholic University campus, outside of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Catholic University has set up a website highlighting information about the Papal Visit and Mass, as well as how the campus is preparing to welcome Pope Francis to campus.
As part of the preparations, the School of Architecture and Planning engaged students in a competition to design the altar, chair, and other furnishings for the papal Mass. Additionally, recent academic events on campus have focused on the Church teachings that Pope Francis has emphasized. These events have included a conference on human trafficking and a book discussion series.
CUA has encouraged its students, faculty, and staff to take the Walk with Francis Pledge since the beginning of the fall semester. Taking the pledge involves committing to pray for our Holy Father and learn more about his teachings, to engage in service to the local, national, and international communities, and to actively promote the causes most dear to Pope Francis, such as “human life and dignity, justice and peace, family life and religious freedom, care for creation and the common good.” Anyone can sign up to take the pledge at the #WalkwithFrancis Pledge website.
For each pillar of the pledge, CUA offers abundant resources and events. Visit the Pray, Learn, and Serve tabs on the webpage for more details. As part of the Pledge, students, faculty and other community members at CUA participated in the CUA Day of Service on Saturday, September 13. Hundreds of students and faculty served at various organizations throughout DC, gaining experiential knowledge of what it means to encounter and serve Christ in His people.
Stay tuned to learn how other Catholic colleges are preparing for the Papal Visit!
#HigherEdWithPope: Catholic colleges and universities are greatly anticipating the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and several colleges will play a special role during the Papal Visit. This series highlights how certain Catholic colleges and universities are preparing for the Papal Visit, and how Catholic higher education lives out the vision of Pope Francis every day.