Pope Francis greets a disabled woman overcome with emotion during a March 2015 general audience. CNS Photo/Paul Haring Pope Francis holds up a jersey and notes that were presented to him during a March 2015 visit to a parish outside Rome. CNS Photo/Paul Haring Pope Francis embraces a teen during his January 2015 visit to the Philippines. CNS Photo/Paul Haring

Nine Ways People Participated in Pope Francis's 2015 US Visit

Hundreds of Thousands saw Pope Francis when he visited the US in September, 2015. Here are the some of the ways those who did not get to see him in person "virtually" participated in the events.

  1. Took part in a "Virtual Pilgrimage" with these prayers as the Holy Father made his way to more than a dozen different locations in Washington, DC, New York City, and Philadelphia.
  2. Learned about the places Pope Francis visited by following his journey on this interactive map.
  3. Become "Pope Francis literate" by reading his two encyclical letters: Lumen Fidei and Laudato Si
  4. Stayed up-to-date and read insightful commentary by connecting with the only news source founded and supported by the US Bishops, Catholic News Service. See the latest in the CNS feed below.
  5. Held a Papal Visit Watch Party using the USCCB live stream in English with audio commentary here or watched video on demand.
  6. Received the latest est papal visit news and more by downloading the Catholic Church app.
    Responded to Pope Francis's call to enounter by reaching out to those in need, supporting parish or community charitable efforts, acting to promote life, human dignity, families and religious freedom, and by caring for creation.
  7. Invited a non-Catholic or non-practicing Catholic friend to Mass following the pope's visit.
  8. Engaged in the USCCB's award-winning social media effort with the hash tags #PopeinUS and #PapaEnUSA. 
  9. Supported the many people who worked to make Pope Francis' historic US visit a success by praying for them to the Blessed Virgin under her title  Mary, Undoer of Knots (a favorite of Pope Francis).