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Pope Shows His Effort to Address English-speakers in Their Native Language

Aleteia - published on 09/21/15

Meanwhile, students at Catholic University of America are practicing their Spanish

Yesterday, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia posted the above video on his Facebook page saying:

[The pope’s] personal call to each of us and his desire to be with all during his visit to Philadelphia is deeply moving. I hope that all who hear his words will allow them to touch their hearts and be compelled to join in this moment of grace, love and community. Simply put, this moment will not come again.

In the video, the pope says: “I look forward to greeting the pilgrims and the people of Philadelphia when I come for the World Meeting of Families.”

As if to return the favor, students at Catholic University of America are brushing up on their Spanish.

A special Spanish Mass was held last Tuesday, at Caldwell Chapel on campus to help students learn the Mass responses in order to be better prepared for the Canonization Mass of Blessed Junípero Serra in Spanish Sept. 23.

“In the spirit of Blessed Junípero Serra, who embraced another culture out of love for Christ, I think this sensitizes us to the reality that we have neighbors who may not speak our language,” said Fr. Eric de la Pena, associate chaplain for the University, and celebrant for the Mass. “I think it’s more than just getting familiar with the prayers. The experience of meeting another culture widens your world and widens your vision of life. Our prayers become richer by involving other cultures.”

Zoe Romanowsky is Lifestyle Editor and Video Content Producer for Aleteia

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