100 women, 100 miles, 1 Pope
For many, the Pope's visit means a chance to be heard.
LGBTQ activists speaking out on the pastoral crisis within the Catholic Church, nonprofits raising money to fight homelessness, families addressing the mass incarceration and violence in their communities.
Now, on September 15th, one hundred women will depart from the York County Detention Center in Pennsylvania and make a week-long journey on foot to Washington DC in time for the Pope’s arrival. The husband of one of these woman is currently being held in York County, and as you might have guessed, they want the Pope to hear about something close to their homes and hearts. Something that also happens to be one of the hottest-button issues in the U.S. right now.
“Pope Francis has said that the globalization of migration requires a globalization of charity and cooperation. He describes a world where no one is seen as useless, out of place or disposable, a church without border, and nations that welcome the stranger,” said Juana Flores, a former nun from Mexico who is now the co-director of Mujeres Unidas y Activas in San Francisco. “We have much work to do to bring about the world of dignity the Pope describes, but we believe each step on our hundred mile journey will bring us another step closer.”
Local Catholic leaders have denounced the inhumane rhetoric surrounding immigration. Pope Francis himself has preached dignity for migrants, and has promised to address the topic when he arrives in Philadelphia on Sept. 26.
On September 22, after the 100 women march from the Philadelphia region and arrive in the nation’s capital, they will hold a vigil before Pope Francis meets with the U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress.
For more updates throughout the march, follow the hashtag #100women100miles on social media.
Tues, Sept 15: Launch pilgrimage outside York detention center
Wed, Sept 16: New Freedom, PA
Thurs, Sept 17: Hereford, MD
Fri, Sept 18: Lutherville–Timonium, MD
Sat, Sept 19: Baltimore, MD
Sun, Sept 20: Jessup, MD
Mon, Sept 21: Silver Spring, MD
Tues, Sept 22: Arrive in Washington, DC - Closing Vigil