The gathering of bishops, clergy, religious and lay leaders, titled the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on the American Continent was organized by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Latin-American Episcopal Conference in conjunction with the bishops of the United States and Canada, and the Knights of Columbus.
“Pope Francis has spoken on the need to go out to the periphery and not to be turned in ourselves as a Church. This jubilee gives expression to this call,” said Archbishop Kurtz. “As a wave at a sporting event makes its way around the stadium, so this world wide wave of mercy is the grace of Jesus touching hearts.”
Other U.S. bishops attending the gathering include Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami; Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas; Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California; and Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Through a series of discussions those gathered seek to communicate the gift of God’s mercy and witness of personal, pastoral and missionary conversion in the Church, and a service toward a culture of encounter, reconciliation and peace.
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