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Assumption College and Holy Cross Students to Attend Papal Mass in Philadelphia

Sunday, September 20, 2015

 

Forty-nine students and three campus ministers from Assumption College and College of the Holy Cross will travel to Philadelphia on Sunday, September 27 to witness the Pope Francis' first Apostolic Journey to the United States.

Assumption and Holy Cross students will attend the World Meeting of Families Papal Mass which occurs on the last day of Pope Francis' six-day visit.

"Celebrating Mass with the Pope is a gift that not everyone experiences, and for that I am truly blessed,” said Alexander Cerbo, a student at Assumption College who will attend the Papal Mass in Philadelphia. 

“In a world where being Catholic often has a negative connotation, Pope Francis has made it a point to reach out to those who have historically felt marginalized or ostracized,” Corrine Murphy, Assumption '17, said. “With his focus on mercy and human dignity, he has really captured the interest of college students. It's commonly said that the Church needs to ‘get with the times,’ and I think that Pope Francis, through his words and deeds, has shown that the love of Christ and the Catholic Church is timeless.” 

Students will board a bus September 26, and stop in New Jersey for the night before departing for Philadelphia early Sunday morning. The Papal Mass is scheduled for 4 PM  in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum.

“Pope Francis has captured the imagination and the hearts of so many young Catholics,” said Paul Covino, Assumption College’s director of Campus Ministry. “Many in this generation are inspired to see in the Pope a reflection of some of their own deepest concerns and desires, including his compassion for refugees and the poor, his desire to show God’s mercy to those who are alienated from their faith, and his concern for the stewardship of God’s creation.  Assumption students have embraced the opportunity to go to the Mass with Pope Francis in Philadelphia to celebrate their faith with Catholics from across the country, but also to be re-energized as leaders in the Catholic community at Assumption.”

 

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