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The Pope Francis Mission Cross in Carmen Pampa


Editor’s Note: Missioner Tom Little shares his reflections from an event at Carmen Pampa University in Bolivia that brought the community closer and allowed them to grow together in faith. 

Last month the community of Carmen Pampa participated in the passing of the mission cross. Pope Francis brought the cross to Bolivia during his visit last July to inspire Bolivians to participate in mission at home and abroad. Since the Pope’s visit, the cross has been traveling to every parish in the country.

The procession started with a description of the cross and the journey that it had made.

The procession with the cross

The procession with the cross

Then there was a prayer for people all around the world, represented by colored banners for each continent. The entire UAC community then participated in Stations of the Cross led by student representatives from each of the majors on campus. Finally, we reached the lower campus Chapel and listened to a reflection from the Bishop.

It was a beautiful afternoon that highlighted a call to unity. It was a reminder that we are all brothers and sister in Christ – internationally, nationally, and within the university that we call home.

To see all the photos from the event, visit my FMS Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/tomlittlefms/)

Reflection Question: What is your reminder of the call to unity?

From Southern California, Tom graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a degree in crop science. He feels a deep connection to food and plans to work on agricultural development and food security while on mission. Tom served at Carmen Pampa University in Carmen Pampa, Bolivia.