Pope Francis Historic Trip to Juarez, Mexico
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Pope Francis visits Juarez Feb. 17, 2016
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We are thrilled that Pope Francis will be in Juarez on Feb. 17, 2016! Here's a quick "Welcome/Bievenidos" video from our Catholic community to the Holy Father.
Pope's Francis Schedule on Feb 17
The Pope’s visit to Juarez will be fast, furious and faith-filled!
Pope Francis will arrive at the Juarez airport on Feb. 17 at approximately 10:30 a.m MST. From there, he will travel via motorcade to Cereso prison where he will meet and pray with several inmates.
The Pope’s next expected stop will be Colegio Bachilleres where he will be met by approximately 3,600 business leaders and workers.
Pope Francis will then travel to the Seminary for a private lunch and rest before celebrating Mass at 4 p.m. at El Punto, a large field near Benito Juarez Stadium.
El Punto holds about 220,000 people and tickets will be provided to parishes on both sides of the border for those who want to attend Mass in Juarez.
The Pope’s travels through the city streets of Juarez will provide an estimated 50 km of opportunity for the faithful to greet His Holiness.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get tickets to the Feb. 17th Mass in Juarez?
The Pope's visit to Juarez is the last stop on his Mexico tour. As such, the Diocese of Juarez is in charge of all activities there including the Papal Mass. Information on the distribution of tickets for the Mass will be forthcoming in next few days. Check here for updates.
Is the Diocese of El Paso organizing a pilgrimage to Juarez for the Pope's visit?
The Diocese of El Paso is not organizing a pilgrimage to Juarez for the Pope's visit. The Diocese of El Paso encourages all parishes to participate in the celebration of the Papal Mass which will be held in El Paso. Details about this liturgy are still emerging and will be updated here.
What activities will the Diocese of El Paso provide in support of the Pope's border visit?
The Diocese of El Paso will host a papal celebration at the Sun Bowl. Times are TBA as is ticketing information.
What documents will I need if I want to travel to Juarez for the Papal Mass?
Though El Paso and Juarez are close in proximity and community, it's important to remember that the Papal Mass is being held in Mexico and the appropriate travel documents are required. To ensure you have the right documentation, check here: http://www.cbp.gov/travel
I am a member of the media. What kind of credentials will I need to cover the Papal Mass?
The Diocese of Juarez is heading up the Papal Mass and all activities associated with the Pope's Juarez visit. Media credentials for activities IN JUAREZ will require a pass issued by the State of Chihuahua. Deadline to submit media credentials for Juarez events is Dec. 25. It requires an array of credentials be uploaded, including press id's and personal id's. More info: http://papafranciscoenmexico.org/acreditacion-de-prensa/
A media pass will also be required to cover events IN EL PASO. Please send name, email, phone number and the name of your news organization to firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 15. You will be contacted with information regarding this credential.
What places can I stay if I travel to El Paso for the Pope's Juarez visit?
El Paso offers a wide-range of hotels and motels for visitors. The Papal Mass will take place in Juarez and is in close proximity to Downtown and Central El Paso. For a listing of places to stay, click here: http://stayinelpaso.com
What is there to do in El Paso?
El Paso is the 17th largest city in the United States. We're a far cry from a one-horse town! Check out all fun activities we have: www.elpasotexas.gov/visitors
How I can volunteer for the Diocese of El Paso's celebration of Pope Francis' visit to Juarez?
Pope Francis' visit to Juarez could bring an untold number of pilgrims to the El Paso/Juarez area. Plans are still forming regarding activities hosted by the Diocese of El Paso. If you would like to volunteer, helping to make this a faith-filled day to remember for our community and those who are visiting, please go to www.twonationsonefaith.com You will be contacted shortly with information on how you can help.
How can I donate to the Diocese of El Paso's celebration of Pope Francis' visit to Juarez?
Pope Francis' visit to Juarez will leave an indelible mark on our community. The costs for a visit of this nature will be substantial. The Diocese of El Paso stands ready to provide an evangelical experience for the community. If you would like to donate to the cause, just go to www.elpasodiocesefoundation.org
In The News
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Bishop: Instead of fences on border, bridges El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz on Pope Francis’ February visit to Mexico — and what he will find Gretchen R. Crowe OSV Newsweekly
Mexican Nuncio looks ahead to Pope Francis' visit
Pope to offer Juárez inmates message of hope
El Paso Diocese sets collection for papal visit
Editorial: Key issues, events for El Paso in 2016
Editorial: Pope's visit brings important message to the border: http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/12/15/editorial-francis-brings-messages-border-region/77321060/
Juarez seeking 80,000 volunteers to help during Pope's visit: http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/religion/2015/12/15/jurez-diocese-seeks-80000-protect-pope/77383586/
Juarez represents frequent Pope Francis themes:
Border Highway may close for Pope's visit:
Pope Francis visit could affect local schools:
Juarez officials ready to receive Pope Francis: http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2015/12/12/jurez-officials-ready-receive-pope-francis/77228126/
Bishop Seitz discusses impact of Pope visit with EWTN News Nightly:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5BEJnReUAM (look for it at the 17 minute mark)
Corbett: Pope visit highlights border reality
Fr. Jim Martin (posted America article on Facebook):
Austin-American Statesman (also sent out as "Breaking News" to subscribers):
A Message from Bishop Mark J. Seitz, D.D. on Pope Francis' visit to Juarez
First I would like to wish everyone a happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas, who brings so much hope to the poor and those on the margins! I was thrilled to learn that the Holy See has chosen this very special feast day to officially announce Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico, which will conclude with a stop to Ciudad Juarez, our sister city, on Feb. 17, 2016. I wish to express my great excitement for the Mexican people to have this opportunity to welcome Pope Francis. Mexicans are well known for their special love and affection for our popes. And, we expect Pope Francis’s upcoming visit, to elicit much of this same type of affection, especially given that he is the first Latin American pope.
Secondly, we are thrilled that Pope Francis will make a stop through this border region. Bishop Jose Torres of Juarez and I, along with Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, NM enjoy a particularly close relationship as the bishops of the three dioceses located in this one metropolitan area. In spite of the borders and boundaries that exist, we see ourselves as one great Catholic community, and so we are immensely grateful and honored that our Universal Pastor, Pope Francis, has chosen to come to our area. We have many hopes for what this visit will accomplish.
Pope Francis’ visit will undoubtedly call attention to many realities that are lived on both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border, particularly the plight of so many migrants and refugees fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, in search of better lives for themselves and their children. The Diocese of El Paso is very active in responding to the challenges of migrants and refugees, in collaboration with local U.S. immigration officials, to ensure that the most vulnerable in our midst (especially children and families) are clothed, housed, and loved. We hope that in a special way, Pope Francis’ visit to this region will give voice to these often voiceless people. And we hope that his presence here will facilitate a much-needed national dialogue that will help unite our own country around a compassionate response to the poor in our midst.
We also hope that Pope Francis’ visit to this region, like his recent visit to NYC, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., will be a great moment for the Catholic Church to showcase the beauty and depth of our faith. Pope Francis’ track record has been to generate so much passion and fervor for the faith, wherever he goes. My dream is that his visit will be especially energizing to our young people who are the hope for the future.
I have been in conversation with Bishop Torres in Juarez about this Papal Visit. The Diocese of El Paso will collaborate in two ways with Juarez when the Holy Father comes to our area: first, I am calling on all parishes to take up collections in the coming weeks to financially support the Diocese of Juarez’s expenses to host Pope Francis; secondly, I am presently in conversation with our local civic leaders about celebrating Mass with Pope Francis at the border fence along Loop 375/César Chávez Highway which will include the faithful on both sides of the border. The details of this liturgy are still being developed, and we hope to be able to communicate more information very soon.
We have a short window of time to prepare for the Pope’s visit, and I would like to thank the City of El Paso and the Catholics of our diocese for their collaboration, as we prepare for what will undoubtedly be a historic and joyous moment for our city, for our faith community, and for any pilgrims who may be traveling to our area.
Viva El Papa Francisco! Que Viva!
CHICAGO’S CATHOLIC EXTENSION ASSISTING IN POPE FRANCIS’ BORDER MASS
CHICAGO (December 12, 2015) — Catholic Extension announced today that it will be working with the Diocese of El Paso to plan events surrounding Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S-Mexico border. Catholic Extension has an extensive history of providing support to the U.S. border dioceses that are struggling to serve growing Catholic populations in some of the poorest areas of the country. Pope Francis’ plan to celebrate Mass at the border is expected to draw millions of pilgrims from both the U.S. and Mexico and will be a significant milestone of the trip’s itinerary. The details of the liturgy are being finalized and will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Catholic Extension is a papal society founded in 1905 that supports poor mission dioceses on the margins of society headquartered in Chicago.
“We hope that in a special way, Pope Francis’ visit to this region will give voice to these often voiceless people here on the border, especially children and families who are the most vulnerable. And we hope that his presence will facilitate a much-needed national dialogue that will help unite our own country around a compassionate response to the poor in our midst,” said The Most Reverend Mark Seitz, Bishop of El Paso. “We are also very grateful to Catholic Extension for being an integral partner in this milestone event and whose longstanding support of all mission dioceses helps us bring hope and faith to the marginalized.”
Catholic Extension has supported the Diocese of El Paso for more than 100 years and views the upcoming event as an enormous moment in history for the Catholic Church.
“We are excited about the Holy Father’s plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border, where so many of the faithful will welcome him and be inspired by his profound message of mercy and hope,” said Father Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension. “Having worked closely with the dioceses on the U.S. side of the border for many years, Catholic Extension is pleased to be lending its assistance, resources and expertise to help Bishop Seitz and the El Paso diocese with the planning for this momentous event. We look forward to being of help in fulfilling Pope Francis’ dream of visiting the border, and know that his presence will shine a warm and loving glow on all ‘the joys and the hopes and the griefs and the anxieties’ the people—and the Church—are experiencing there.”
For more information on Catholic Extension please visit www.catholicextension.org. For more details on activities and events being planned by the Diocese of El Paso, please visit www.elpasodiocese.org.
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About Catholic Extension: Catholic Extension is a papal society that makes visible the power of faith in America’s most marginalized communities by strategically investing in people, infrastructure and ministries. Since its founding in 1905, Catholic Extension has distributed more than $1.2 billion in today’s dollars to provide funding and resources to dioceses and parishes that cannot support themselves. For more information visit www.catholicextension.org; follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicextension or twitter at @CathExtension.
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