FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has launched a website to track the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the United States. The Love Is Our Mission website is intended to be a ‘virtual pilgrimage’ for Catholics in the fourteen counties of the diocese who won’t be able to see Pope Francis in person.
The website will be updated daily during the pontifical visit with local news stories, prayers, videos and features of local Catholics who will be attending the World Meeting of Families. Pope Francis is visiting Washington, New York and Philadelphia September 23-27. During this historic visit, Pope Francis will canonize Junipero Serra, give a talk to the U.S. Congress, speak at the United Nations and have a Mass to close the World Meeting of Families.
From within the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, there are 15 families who will be attending the World Meeting of Families. These groups are participating not just as a pilgrimage, but to also bring back resources to their local parishes throughout northeastern Indiana. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades will be participating in activities throughout this historical week including being the principal celebrant for the Mass for those with disabilities and their caregivers on Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m.
“I am very excited and looking forward to the World Meeting of Families and to the apostolic visit of Pope Francis,” stated Bishop Rhoades. “I am glad that there will be faithful from our diocese attending and I know that many will be following these events via the media.”
Love Is Our Mission contains the full schedule of events for the Pope, Bishop Rhoades and participants of the World Meeting of Families.