Pope Francis Thanks American Sisters in Historic Virtual Town Hall Meeting

On the eve of his historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis affectionately connected with audiences in three U.S. cities in surprise virtual town hall meetings. In Chicago, Cristo Rey Jesuit students gathered to video chat in the very same school chapel FADICA members visited during their June 2014 meeting. An audience of homeless men and women and those who provide assistance in Los Angeles, and members of Sacred Heart Church on the border in McAllen, Texas, also gathered to dialogue with the Holy Father in their hometowns. During these emotional conversations, Pope Francis consistently spoke a message of courage to everyday Americans who shared their stories of hardship and survival.

In one particularly emotional moment in McAllen, the Holy Father reached out to a religious sister who ministers to recent immigrants in desperate need of aid. Speaking to her of the work of all sisters in religious orders in the United States, Pope Francis praised and congratulated their efforts, thanked them, and effusively told Sister Norma Pimentel how he loved all sisters very much.View ABC’s complete footage of the Papal Virtual Audience here.

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