University celebrates Pope Francis’ U.S. visit

Published: September 25, 2015

SUBMITTED PHOTO / LAUREN CONNIFF CAMPUS MINISTRIES will hold a viewing party for Pope Francis' congressional address Thursday. Junior Lauren Conniff is pictured posing with the cardboard cutout of Francis that has been circulating campus. Campus Ministries encouraged students to post selfies with the pope on its social media.

SUBMITTED PHOTO / LAUREN CONNIFF CAMPUS MINISTRIES will hold a viewing party for Pope Francis’ congressional address Thursday. Junior Lauren Conniff is pictured posing with the cardboard cutout of Francis that has been circulating campus. Campus Ministries encouraged students to post selfies with the pope on its social media.

MARIE MACTIGUE

Faith Correspondent

On the morning of Sept. 24, history will be made during Pope Francis’ address to the United States Congress in Washington, DC.

Fortunately, thanks to technology and our intuitive education, the student body has the opportunity to watch this history unfold.

The University collaborated with Education for Justice, a non-profit project that works with schools and church communities to spread awareness about social justice issues.

Through this project, The University has scheduled a live showing of the Pope’s address in the Loyola Science Center for all to see.

Following the address, faculty, students, and even those unaffiliated with The University will have the opportunity to engage in conversation about the pope’s remarks.

Helen Wolf, Ph.D., the Director of Campus Ministries, said “This will be a great opportunity for a lot of our students and members of our community to get in a good discussion about the pope’s message to us and allow us to get into a college discourse, not just as students but also as people of faith,”

How does what the pope has to say to Congress concern us?

“His remarks to Congress will really lay out his concerns to our country,” said Dr. Wolf. “And his requests will aim to truly make the world a better place.”

Pope Francis’ visit to the United States does not end here. On Saturday, he plans to say mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter in Philadelphia.

Some University students will be fortunate enough to travel to Philadelphia this weekend to see the pope.

“I think it will be so cool to see not only the head of our Church, but also the forefront of what we are trying to establish here at a Jesuit institution,” said senior Erin McCormick, who will be attending the Mass in Philidelphia over the weekend.

This weekend as a whole should prove to be a memorable and impactful one for Christians and non-Christians alike throughout the United States.

As receivers of a Jesuit education, it will be an incredible opportunity for The University’s student body to take part in the modern day call to be vessels of faith and vessels of justice.

“This will be an experience I will definitely remember for a long time,” says McCormick. “I hope it will inspire us to really explore our calling as young adults.”

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