Events Planned for Pope's Visit Anniversary

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - A year ago today, hundreds of thousands of people converged on the Borderland for the visit of Pope Francis.

On February 17, 2016, the pope met with inmates, business leaders, and church officials, but the highlight of his trip to Juárez for many people was when he made his way through the masses at El Punto to celebrate mass at the border.

During the Papal Mass, Pope Francis called forced migration a global crisis and prayed for immigrants from all over the world to be treated like God's children.

One El Pasoan who attended the mass tells NewsChannel 9 how he thinks that day impacted our community.

I think change is like progressive, but I think it's a little slower than people anticipate it to be. So maybe there hasn't been a lot of evident change, but I do think that change will come," said Miguel Razo.

El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz adds, "It was an opportunity to reconnect with our faith, to bring the faith to light in the midst of the world."

The Diocese of El Paso will celebrate the anniversary of the pope’s visit at St. Pius X Parish on Friday night.

Bishop Seitz says he received a message from the Papal Secretary of State on behalf of the pope, which will be shared at Friday’s event.

The celebration starts with a mass at 6pm, followed by a concert. Both of those events are free to attend. Tickets for a dinner that will be held afterwards are $50 per person.

For more information, you can contact Belen Gonzalez at (915) 872-8412 or bgonzalez@elpasodiocese.org.


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