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(CNA/EWTN News) - As he concluded his historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis thanked organizers and volunteers, saying that he concludes his trip with appre- ciation and hope. Your care for me and your fenerous welcome are a sign of your love for Jesus and your faithfulness to him, Pope Francis said. So too is your care for the poor, the sick, the homeless and the immigrant, your defense of life at every stage, and your concern for family life. In all of this, you recognize that Je- sus is in your midst and that your care for one another is care for Jesus himself. Preparing to leave, the pope said that he does so with a heart full of gratitude and hope. Sept. 27 marked the end of the Holy Fathers trip to the United States, which also included stops in Washington, D.C., and New York, culmi- nating at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Pope Francis thanked Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, as well as the civil authorities, donors, vol- unteers and organizers that made the gathering possible. He also thanked the families who shared their testimonies. It is not so easy to speak openly of ones life journey! But their honesty and humil- ity before the Lord and each of us showed the beauty of family life in all its richness and diversity, Pope Francis said. I pray that our days of prayer and reflection on the importance of the family for a healthy society will inspire families to continue to strive for holiness and to see the Church as their constant com- panion, whatever the chal- lenges they may face. Reflecting on the rest of his U.S. trip, the Holy Father said that it was particularly moving for me to canonize Saint Junpero Serra, who reminds us all of our call to be missionary disciples. He added that he was touched to stand with my brothers and sisters of other religions at Ground Zero, that place which speaks so pow- erfully of the mystery of evil. Yet, we know with certainty that evil never has the last word, and that, in Gods merciful plan, love and peace triumph over all. Furthermore, he prom- ised his prayers for the U.S. people, saying, This land has been blessed with tremendous fifts and opportunities. I pray that you may all be good and fenerous stewards of the hu- man and material resources entrusted to you. Pope Fran- cis said, I thank the Lord that I was able to witness the faith of Gods people in this country, as manifested in our moments of prayer together and evidenced in so many works of charity. Do not let your enthusiasm for Jesus, his Church, our families, and the broader fam- ily of society run dry, Pope Francis said. May our days together bear fruit that will last, generosity and care for others that will endure, the pope said. Just as we have received so much from God gifts freely given us, and not of our own mak- ing so let us freely give to others in return. www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC PAPAL VISIT October 2, 2015 9 October has been set aside nationally as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month." Across the United States, hundreds of parents will remember babies who were gone too soon. Come join us at the Rachel's Garden Miscarriage Memorial at Holy Cross and remember all those tiny lives that we will never forget. All families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss are invited to the memorial service, no matter how long it has been since the loss of their child. Thursday, October 15th (Rain or shine) 6:30pm-7:30pm Holy Cross Cemetery 1400 Wright Street Marquette, MI 49855 Info call: 906-225-0191 There is no footprint too small that it can't leave an imprint in this world." No matter the length, every child's life leaves an impression on a parent's heart. If you would like to have a free personalized candle ready for you at the memorial service, E-mail: rachelsgarden@ dioceseofmarquette.org Come...share...remember the life of your child. A place of memorial and burial for babies lost to miscarriage. RACHEL'S GARDEN Pope Francis says he leaves the U.S. with heart full of gratitude, hope JUST AS WE HAVE RECEIVED SO MUCH FROM GOD - GIFTS FREELY GIVEN US, AND NOT OF OUR OWN MAKING - SO LET US FREELY GIVE TO OTHERS IN RETURN Read more about Pope Francis at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/popefrancis COURTESY OF BISHOP JOHN DOERFLER Pope Francis leans out of the Popemobile to kiss a baby brought to him at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

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