Catholic nuns plan 7-state tour during Pope Francis visit
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Catholic social justice lobbying group is beginning a seven-state tour this month in St. Louis.
The group NETWORK says the "Nuns on the Bus" tour will begin Thursday with a kickoff rally. After passing through Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia, it will wrap up Sept. 22 in Washington as Pope Francis visits the White House.
Along the 2,000-mile journey, the nuns will visit shelters, transitional housing facilities, schools, food pantries, parishes and congregations.
Simone Campbell, the nun who serves as NETWORK's executive director, says in a written statement that having an economy that works requires a "politics of inclusion." Simone will also attend Pope Francis's Sept. 24 address to a joint session of Congress.