Girl Scout leaders Anna Maria Chávez and Kathy Hopinkah Hannan traveled to Rome for an audience with Pope Francis on June 26 alongside Girl Scout Catherine Riordan, one of the 2014 National Young Women of Distinction!
"Faith is at the heart of Girl Scouts, and is woven into everything the organization does to inspire girls to take action to make the world a better place,” says Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of GSUSA. “To have the opportunity to make this journey to the center of Catholicism and have an audience with Pope Francis is an honor I share with my colleagues across the Girl Scout movement. We are delighted to be able to work with such wonderful organizations in the U.S. as the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry to help girls across the country explore and deepen their faith.”
“At Girl Scouts, faith unifies us and inspires us to take care of each other and the world around us,” says GSUSA National President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan. “Our visit to Rome to engage with ICCG and Pope Francis exemplifies Girl Scouts’ inclusive culture that embraces all faiths and cultures, and reflects our commitment to encouraging girls to enter their own faith journey to find inspiration and meaning.”
Photos from top to bottom: Anna Maria Chávez with Pope Francis, Girl Scout Catherine Riordan with Pope Francis, Kathy Hopinkah Hannan with Pope Francis. All photos courtesy of "L’Osservatore Romano" SCV. All image rights and copyrights reserved to the photographic service of "L’Osservatore Romano."