INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Sept. 18, 2015)-- Pope Francis is just days away from his first trip to the United States. Americans have anxiously been waiting for his arrival.
The Pope is set to visit three major cities, including New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Hundreds of thousands of people will be there to welcome him.
And in anticipation of the Pope's visit to the US, Nuns on the Bus took off on a seven-state tour that will end in Washington, D.C. The network campaign stopped in Indianapolis today to hear about the issues Hoosiers face so they can take that message to Capitol Hill.
Nuns on the bus stopped in Indianapolis Friday as part of the "bridge the divides, transform politics" tour.
"He says that wages should pay and people should be able to have nourishing food and our earth needs to be cared for. So we're bringing his message around," said Sister Simone Campbell.
Sister Campbell has been traveling around the country on the bus, stopping in several states to hear from the people about what's going on in their area and how they can work together.
"We're out on the road to say we the people of the United States need to bridge our divides and transform our politics we need to end the division. We need to come together and solve our problems instead of calling each other names," said Sister Campbell.
The nuns held a town hall meeting at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. People shared issues in Indiana they want congress to address.
"Many people who are on food stamps or assistance are only there temporarily but they need that so they can get back on their feet and they can become productive tax paying members again," said community member Sharon Horvath.
"How do we make systemic policy changes that improve low income families to become economically self sufficient," said Jessica Fraser of Indiana Institute for Working Families.
In the end everyone came together to sign the bus to pledge their dedication to transform politics.
The nuns will pull into Washington, D.C. next week ahead of the Pope's visit. They plan to share what they've learned on their tour with congress.