September 23, 2015
Joe Towalski, editor of The Visitor, is traveling with the diocesan pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
By Joe Towalski
As you can imagine, the World Meeting of Families, with its approximately 20,000 participants from more than 100 countries, is a good venue for vendors selling WMF and papal souvenirs, as well as those trying to reach people on the streets outside the convention center with their messages about the Catholic Church.
Not all the messages are friendly to the church. But on my short jaunts to and from our tour bus, I’ve encountered several men in yellow vests that are trying to do something good for those in need. They’re handing out a special papal visit edition of a newspaper for a $1 contribution. Being a newspaper guy, I took one.
The newspaper, called One Step Away, is produced “by those without homes for those with homes.” The $1 donation goes to the vendor, with the overall goal being to help men, women and families to escape homelessness and give them hope for a better life.