The Papal Mass has begun.
Eva Aguirre of St. Charles Borromeo in Nederland traveled to Philly this week to see Pope Francis. She said that she came because this was the first Pope from the Americas. "It has been wonderful. [...]
With more than a million people expected it will take a while to get thru security and inside. Maria Perez, Eva Aguirre and Rose Rumsey are excited for the day's Papal Mass. Not only were [...]
It was truly a blessed and amazing experience Rosa said. Seeing the Pope, its difficult to put my feelings into words. I'm honored he was able to make the journey here. He's so self giving. [...]
The Pope has arrived at Independence Hall. Rosa is watching on one of the screens that are set up throughout the gated Festival of Families. Rosa said she is excited and it feels sirrwal because [...]
Rosa has found her way up the parkway and settled into a spot to wait for the Pope's arrival. The plan is for the Holy Father to drive down the parkway.
“I am happy that America continues to be, for many, a land of ‘dreams’. Dreams which lead to action, to participation, to commitment. Dreams which awaken what is deepest and truest in the life [...]
We need to hope. We remember but we also hope and work for peace.
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis introduced himself to President Barack Obama and all people of the United States as a “son of an immigrant family” arriving in the United States for the first time to learn from others and to share from his own experience. In a country the pope said he knows was “largely built” by immigrant families, he made his debut speech to Americans Sept. 23 on the South Lawn of the White House with some 20,000 people in attendance. […]
By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis had much to say to the U.S. bishops during his remarks at a midday prayer service at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington Sept. 23, the first full day of his U.S. apostolic journey. Because of that, different bishops could take away different things. […]
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The past, the promise and the potential of the United States must not be smothered by bickering and even hatred at a time when the U.S. people and indeed the world need a helping hand, Pope Francis told the U.S. Congress. Making history by being the first pope ever to address a joint meeting of Congress, Pope Francis was introduced to the legislators by the House sergeant at arms Sept. 24 as: “Mr. Speaker, the pope of the Holy See.” […]
By Catholic News Service JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (CNS) — Pope Francis arrived in the United States the late afternoon of Sept. 22 to begin his first apostolic journey as pontiff. His plane, an Alitalia jetliner, touched down at Joint Base Andrews near Washington at 3:51 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, nine minutes ahead of schedule. In the minutes before and after the plane landed, a group of excited Catholics, after having prayed the rosary, began and sustained a chant: “We love Francis, yes we do; we love Francis, how ’bout you?” Other chants later erupted: “Ho, ho, hey, hey; welcome to the U.S.A.!” and “Fran-cis-co!” […]
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service HOLGUIN, Cuba (CNS) — Celebrating the feast of St. Matthew, a day he considers a turning point in his own journey of faith, Pope Francis told thousands of Cubans that Jesus knows who they really are and calls them to walk with him. Arriving in the eastern city of Holguin from Havana Sept. 21, the pope went directly to the city’s Revolution Square for the feast day Mass. People had the day off work and off school so they could attend. […]
By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service HOLGUIN, Cuba (CNS) — The scene would have been unimaginable a few years ago: A Catholic Mass in Holguin’s Revolution Plaza, where May Day parades and other patriotic events exalting the Cuban Revolution take place. But on Monday, thousands flocked to the public space, also known as the Plaza Calixto Garcia Iniguez, and exalted Christ and the Virgin of Charity, as the city hosted its first religious event in that plaza: a Mass celebrated by the head of the Catholic Church. […]
By Catholic News Service SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — Two members of the Ohlone tribe in Northern California will play prominent roles in the Sept. 23 canonization Mass for Blessed Junipero Serra, an 18th-century Franciscan who founded nine California missions. Pope Francis will celebrate the Mass in Washington on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. […]
By Joseph McAleer Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — “All Francis, All the Time” could be the motto for media coverage of Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States Sept. 22-27. Across network and cable television, satellite radio, the Web and social media, Catholics and the public at large will enjoy a feast of viewing and listening opportunities. Offered in Spanish as well as English, many of these options will be available 24/7. Following are some of the highlights: […]
By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Sept. 23 meeting between President Barack Obama and Pope Francis will likely continue the dialogue these two leaders began in a 2014 meeting at the Vatican and will likely lead to further action on ideas the two leaders share, said White House officials in a telephone briefing with reporters Sept. 17. “We see this as an opportunity to continue our engagement with Pope Francis and the Vatican, but also to receive the visit of a leader who is incredibly important to many Americans and many people around the world,” said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser. […]