Archbishop William E. Lori has assembled a group of Baltimore interfaith leaders to take a “pilgrimage” to pray for the city and to”seek the blessing of Pope Francis on […] all efforts to heal the city of Baltimore.” According to Catholic Review, the group includes Imam Earl El-Amin; Rabbi Steven M. Fink, Baptist pastor Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway Sr.; Evangelical Lutheran bishop Rev. Wolfgang Daniel Herz-Lane, and A.M.E. pastor Rev. Frank M. Reid III.
Reid told WJZ he hopes “we see” what Francis sees in Baltimore. “One of the messages that the Pope is trying to send is that making your city, your church, a better place is based upon the choices that you make,” Reid said.
The group plans to do more than pray with the pontiff during their four-day stay. Lori told Catholic Review that they will be meeting with various Vatican leaders “whose area of expertise would relate to some of the challenges we are facing in the city.”