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The complete, translated transcripts of the Pope Francis' remarks.

Roots and Branches: Reflections from Sister Mary

There were months of build-up, then two intense days, and now the papal visit of 2015 to Philadelphia is history. But most Philadelphians, I believe, are still feeling a deep sense of inspiration and uplift from the experience of this truly amazing visitor, Pope Francis.

We witnessed his personal acts of mercy—his time with persons in a homeless shelter in Washington, DC; his gathering with prisoners here in Philadelphia; his outreach to and advocacy for immigrants; his embrace of persons with disabilities, his warm welcome of children.

“Human Trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity.” –Pope Francis

Francis Fund Recipient: St. John's Hospice.

Pathways to Housing has lot of opportunities for volunteers at the Philadelphia Furniture Bank. People interested in helping our neighbors in need have a bed to sleep in and a table to share a meal can contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Howard Pinder, at hpinder@pathwaystohousingpa.org.

 

I would like to thank Nan Roman and her dedicated colleagues at the NAEH for their steadfast leadership.  And I would like to thank each of you for your commitment, hard work and advocacy.  Together we made progress developing best practices, providing emergency assistance, building housing and securing additional resources to end and prevent homelessness.  We are acutely aware that homelessness fundamentally is a devastating sign of poverty.  As we work to address the urgent and growing needs of those who are homeless, we strive towards our long term

 

Check out this article featuring one of the Francis Fund organizations, Joseph’s House in Camden to find out what Pope Francis’ visit means to some of the men staying at the shelter. 

 

SREHUP is built upon a strong foundation of student volunteers committed to the fight against homelessness in Philadelphia. The Francis Fund grant will help support their Emergency Shelter Services at Arch Street Methodist Church. Check out some of the students and guests working together on a collaborative art project with Isaiah Zagar at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens. 

Francis Fund Recipient: Masjidullah

When Gaye Nailah Johns was working for the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging one particularly cold winter about 15 years ago, she was struck by how little food one of her clients had. Even the woman’s cat had more to eat, she recalled recently.

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