- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Archdiocese of Washington and Catholic Charities are challenging Washington-area residents to pledge to pray, serve the community or take action for social justice to prepare for Pope Francis’ visit to the nation’s capital.

Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl will announce the “Walk With Francis” pledge campaign on Wednesday. The goal is to have more than 100,000 area residents make pledges.

The archdiocese says pledges will be gathered through social media and on the website WalkWithFrancis.org. During his visit to Washington, Pope Francis will be presented with a book full of the pledges made on social media as a gift by Cardinal Wuerl.

The pledge is modeled on the pope’s humble ministry that touches on serving the poor, caring for human life and being good stewards of the environment.

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