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2015 Catholics of the Year


In a year that brought abundant joy as well as abundant sorrow, Catholics in the United States and around the world continued to witness the mercy and love of God.

While the past 12 months saw considerable violence — in South Carolina and California, in Paris and throughout the Middle East and Africa — 2015 also was a year of celebration, as the cities of Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia welcomed Pope Francis during his first visit to the U.S. This joyous visit culminated in hundreds of thousands of Catholics worshipping together on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia as the Holy Father celebrated the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families.

The stories of Catholics making an impact on the world at large or at the community level are too many to recount, but Our Sunday Visitor is proud to share its eight Catholics of the Year — men and women, religious and lay — who made an indelible mark in 2015. We thank them and honor them for loving God and serving the Church.

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