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UDM Welcomes Pope Francis to U.S.

September 22, 2015

On behalf of the University of Detroit Mercy community, I extend a joyous welcome to Pope Francis on his historic visit to the United States.

The theme of his visit, “Love is Our Mission,” truly reflects his prayerful wish that all people are able to know and experience God’s presence in their lives. As the first-ever Jesuit pope, his words and actions humbly illuminate the Society of Jesus and its teaching and scholarly role in Catholic education. University of Detroit Mercy, as one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in America, is pleased to continue providing an education in the rigorous academic tradition begun by St. Ignatius Loyola more than 465 years ago and Mother Catherine McAuley more than 184 years ago. It is our hope that Pope Francis will further inspire us in our efforts to advance social justice, religious and cultural understanding, and especially service to those who are not blessed with abundance.

During Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to our nation, we look forward to his homilies at liturgical celebrations and speeches to the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, the American Bishops and the participants at the World Meeting of Families. His private and public audiences with President Obama, youth, the infirmed and incarcerated, and other members of our society should also be moving experiences. We pray that he will be safe during his brief journey and leave us with a reinvigorated spirit for our daily mission of love, Mercy and service.

Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.

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