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1/17/2014 9:41:00 AM
Pledge to Pope Francis originated with Portlander
Joan Galles
Joan Galles

Karen Hurley, president-elect of the National Council of Catholic Women, hand-delivered a pledge of prayer and support to Pope Francis from the 2013 convention of the national organization.

The resolution originated in the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women in the Archdiocese of Portland.

Joan Galles, a member of St. Therese Parish in Northeast Portland and chair of the National Resolutions Committee, proposed the pledge to the membership. It won the vote. Hurley took the resolution to Rome and handed it to Pope Francis.

The document says that the women believe the election of Pope Francis was guided by the Holy Spirit and pledges that members will attend daily Mass, recite the rosary and pray the Liturgy of the Hours as a way to support him.

"Members will ask Mary, Our Lady of Good Counsel, who is the Patroness of the NCCW, to keep Pope Francis under her special protection," the pledge said.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014
Article comment by: Rolando Rodriguez

Thank you, dear sister Joan, for the pledge of prayer and support you with all of our esteemed sisters of the National Council of Catholic Women offered our Holy Father Francis. As far as possible, I will join you in spirit and voice in my Mass attendance, my recitation of the Most Holy Rosary and as I pray the Liturgy of the Hours.
Paz y Bien, Rolando, OFS.

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