Pope Francis banner in downtown Denver aims to inspire

R RLast Updated: July 9th, 2014Church News, Pope Francis, Uncategorized

(CNA/EWTN News).- A 10-foot tall banner depicting Pope Francis embracing a young child was hung July 1 on the exterior of the Samaritan House homeless shelter in downtown Denver, as a reminder of the need for loving service and encounter.
 
“This beautiful image illustrates the Holy Father’s vision of love and charity in Jesus Christ,” said Wendy Oldenbrook, director of marketing and communications at Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver.
 
The banner shows Pope Francis embracing a child present at his inauguration Mass in St. Peter’s Square last year.
 
“We seek to live out this vision every day at Catholic Charities in service to the poor,” Oldenbrook said in a statement.
 
She explained to CNA July 2 that the Samaritan House rotates banners frequently. Previous banners have included images of the Divine Mercy of Jesus and the Good Samaritan.
 
The Pope Francis banner was put up with the hope that the image will communicate “kindness, respect for the most vulnerable, and the joy of serving others.”