Looking back, I have felt very privileged to have come and seen firsthand the challenges facing the people of Honduras and their courage and resilience. As the children sang to us at Mass, I was reminded how children always give us hope and the desire to create a better world.
Tomorrow we will have a news conference to bring to a close our pilgrimage. For many years, I have wanted to go on a solitary pilgrimage. I still hope to do such a pilgrimage, but this experience touched my heart in a profound way.
After the news conference, I will stay in San Pedro Sula until Wednesday morning when I Ieave for another part of Honduras to visit with the Good Shepherd Sisters.
This is my fifth visit to Honduras. In some ways, I feel it has been an homecoming. Certainly, the people of Honduras are special to me. During the rest of my visit I hope to deepen that relationship.
"For all that has been
For all that is to come