Thursday, March 26, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March 26

1.The White House confirmed today, through press secretary Josh Earnest, that Pope Francis will visit President Obama and the First Lady there during his trip to the U.S. in September The White House said, "During the visit, the President and the Pope will continue the dialogue, which they began during the President’s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues, including caring for the marginalized and the poor; advancing economic opportunity for all; serving as good stewards of the environment; protecting religious minorities and promoting religious freedom around the world; and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities. The President looks forward to continuing this conversation with the Holy Father during his first visit to the United States as Pope."

2. Later this year, Pope Francis will lead the Synod on the Family. Join in prayer for the Synod in both English and Spanish. He said yesterday that prayer, not gossip, is needed.

3. Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, and Bishop James A. Tamayo will join faith in visiting families at Dilley Detention Center , a consultant for USCCB Committee on Migration Last year, more than 68,000 families from Central America fled violence in their home countries. Many are being detained in order to deter further migration, causing them more trauma and emotional pain. These families can be released into alternative to detention programs which provide them case management and community support, a more humane option. The faith leaders will highlight these concerns and call upon the U.S. government to halt the practice of family detention. Follow their journey on Twitter at @USCCBLive and with the hashtags #EndFamilyDetention and #Catholic

4. In case you missed it, the Vatican Television Center has released information for broadcasters regarding worldwide telecasts of events presided over by Pope Francis in Holy Week and Easter. All times are UTC/GMT (Coordinate Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time).
5. God loves you.

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