U.S. Military Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio Issues Statement on Visit of Pope Francis to the United States

Calls on faithful to put Holy Father’s message into practice

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio with Pope Francis.

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio with Pope Francis.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the United States Military Services, issued a statement today on the six-day apostolic visit of Pope Francis to the United States.

Archbishop Broglio said:

“With deep gratitude I acknowledge the visit of the Successor of Peter to the Nation’s Capital. His presence and messages will provide food for reflection for the months to come as we experience his confirmation of our faith and his challenge to grow in the same faith. It is singularly significant that he canonized a missionary and an immigrant in the first ceremony of that nature ever to be held on these shores. Both attributes of St. Junipero Serra teach us to grow.
“We are all sent forth to evangelize our sisters and brothers by the clear witness of our lives. The active living of our faith should be a witness to others about the presence of Christ in our midst. Secondly, we cannot fail to see the potential saint in the poignant faces of the immigrants who come to our shores. The Holy Father has reminded us that he or she is a person and not a mere statistic.
“The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, had the singular honor of receiving his first steps in our land and then sending him off to continue his mission in New York and at the Organization of the United Nations. With the honor comes the duty to put his message into practice.”

More information on the pope’s apostolic journey to the U.S. is available at www.uspapalvisit.org.

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