By: Roxane Ramos
Back in January, the KBI’s Kino Teens received a warm letter from Pope Francis in response to their correspondence sent some months earlier. The missive made headlines in major newspapers across the country, and the Pope’s words of encouragement to serve migrants and refugees and show solidarity with them were shared with millions.
Later this month, the Holy Father will bring his message in person on a trip to the U.S., from September 22–27, with stops in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. The week before his visit, Father Sean Carroll, KBI Executive Director, will travel to Washington to participate in a congressional staff briefing organized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. KBI Director of Education and Advocacy Joanna Williams will be in Washington during the Pope’s stay, visiting Congressional representatives with Shaina Aber, Policy Director of the Jesuit Conference, to share the findings and recommendations of the jointly published report on immigration and the border, Our Values on the Line (see below). Here is a segment that features an interview with Father Sean and aired on KOLD News 13 in Tucson, AZ: http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/29925014/pope-will-focus-on-immigration-debate-during-us-visit. And here is the latest from The New York Times, providing background and context for this landmark visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/06/us/pope-francis-is-coming-to-america-after-avoiding-it-for-78-years.html?emc=edit_th_20150906&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=68564230&_r=0.