FAN Welcomes Pope Francis to Washington, DC

Perhaps no individual figure has commanded such admiration in recent times like Pope Francis. He has challenged everyone, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, to respond to a call to action in direct service to others. FAN is excited to welcome him to the United States in September and we hope you are too.

To commemorate this historic visit, FAN, along with the Global Catholic Climate Movement and other partners, is hosting multiple events while His Holiness is in Washington. We invite anyone to join us who is interested in supporting him, his message, and increasing public awareness of the issues he will be speaking about.

While we can not guarantee housing, if you are in need of a place to stay in Washington, DC, fill out the dates you need and the FAN events you will be attending on this form. We will do our best to help you find something.

1. Catholic Climate Petition (Now until November 30) - Petiton developed by the Global Catholic Climate Movement endorsed by Pope Francis being signed to call on global leaders to take action on climate change. Host a petition drive at your parish the weekend of September 12-13. There is a toolkit on the GCCM website to help you plan.

2. Global #FastForTheClimate (Sept. 14-23) - 10 day Global Solidarity Fast at McPherson Square in advance of Yom Kippur and Pope Francis’ September address to a joint session of Congress. Sign up to fast here. Can't be in DC? No problem, organize a soldarity fast where you are.

Each evening of the fast, a different community or congregation will be hosting a 30-minute faith service from their unique faith tradition at 6pm. If you or your community would like to help organize one of these services, please contact John Martinez at the Maryknoll Offices at

3. TAU Young Adult Gathering (Sept. 22-24) - Training in Faith Rooted organizing and Climate Change Communication for an ecumenical audience looking to join a network and assist in activities surrounding the Pope’s visit. Sign up for this and other events here.

4. Global Interfaith Climate Vigils - Interfaith Vigils in advance of the Pope’s morning address to a Joint session of Congress as well as an opportunity for collective atonement for ecological sins and calls to action. The main event (Sept. 23) at John Marshall Place Park (DC) will coincide with the close of Yom Kippur. Sign up here to claim one hour to pray. Can't be in DC? That's ok, use the same form to sign up to pray in your community, congregation or family.

For a summary of these and more events in the works, click on the attached PDF listed below.