Gathered near the Mexican border Feb. 17, a crowd of immigrants, activists and religious witnessed Francis plead from Juárez for compassion toward migrants. The experience left a powerful impression.
El Paso, Texas
On Feb. 16 many people from the original 100-Mile pilgrimage reunited to walk three miles carrying the same message as they crossed the bridge connecting El Paso, Texas, to Ciudad Juárez.
Two days before Pope Francis' main event in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the Diocese of El Paso was coordinating the final touches to its own two main papal events.
The Diocese of El Paso scrapped plans for a border Mass that would have taken place at the same time as the closing Mass of Pope Francis' February Mexico visit.
Carlos Marentes was warned he would have only seconds, not even a minute, to greet Pope Francis.
"They said, 'Someone will be there to take your photo. And in the time it takes to take that picture, say what you have to say.' I said so much, they took eight pictures!" Marentes chuckled.
Global Sisters Report: The Sisters of Charity on the U.S.-Mexico border are in a holding pattern, waiting for the next planes to arrive with detained immigrant families.
Bishop Mark Seitz promised to lead his flock into a new century characterized by the new evangelization as he was installed as bishop of the nearly 100-year-old diocese of El Paso.
In a homily presented in both English and Spanish, Seitz addressed more than 4,000 people who attended the installation Mass Tuesday in the grand hall of the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center.
He promised to listen for the voice of the Lord in the words of the priests, the deacons, the laity "and the voices of the poor, for I am sure he will speak through them."