The pope said the theme of this year’s Congress, “Living waters of hope,” “invites us to constantly renew ourselves in the water and blood that flow from the heart of Jesus, as wellsprings of mercy for the entire world.
“We’ve had to make many sacrifices. But we make them in light of our Catholic faith, which calls us to show care and compassion for our neighbors, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions for whom the virus can have devastating consequences.”
While many businesses and organizations were hamstrung by the near-immediate shutdown wrought last year by the coronavirus pandemic, the Catholic Mobilization Network flourished in ways like never before, according to its executive director, Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy.
The Trump administration enacted what’s become known as Title 42, saying the Centers for Disease Control had voiced health concerns related to COVID-19, and the Biden administration has continued using it, much to the dismay of immigration advocates.