Pope Francis’ Smaller Visits Have a Bigger Meaning

Christopher Hale writes in Time:

In his six-day trip, the pope will visit the homeless in Washington, immigrants in Harlem, and prisoners in Philadelphia. If Francis’s trip to the U.S. looks anything like his previous overseas journeys, it will be these encounters with the excluded—not his 18 speeches and visits with the political and cultural elites—that will touch the heart of the American people and, God-willing, transform our nation….

Pope Francis will likely ask more of Americans during his September visit. The church, Francis argues, “has to go forth to everyone without exception. But to whom should she go first? When we read the Gospel we find a clear indication: not so much our friends and wealthy neighbours, but above all the poor and the sick, those who are usually despised and overlooked.” Or as Francis says more bluntly: “A Christian who is not a revolutionary today isn’t a Christian.”

The full article can be read here.