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US bishops echo Pope's words on sex abuse, accountability

Sep 30, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Two committee heads of the U.S. bishops’ conference voiced support for Pope Francis’ statement rejecting the sexual abuse of minors and promising accountability for those guilty of crimes against children.

What's it like to play for the Pope? Here's how one Catholic artist described it

Sep 29, 2015 - 04:17 pm .- Performing for Pope Francis at Saturday’s Festival of Families in Philadelphia was an answer to prayer for musician Marie Miller, but getting a personal thumbs-up from him surely helped confirm it.

After the Pope's visit – an exclusive interview with Archbishop Chaput

Sep 29, 2015 - 04:08 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia hosted Pope Francis in his highly-anticipated first visit to the United States. As the dust settled after the departure of nearly 1 million participants in the final Mass for the World Meeting of Families, CNA had the chance to interview Archbishop Chaput, who offered his take on the historic papal trip, the challenges facing family in the U.S., and the upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome.

Pope appeals for life of Georgia death row inmate, but parole board rejects

Sep 29, 2015 - 02:34 pm .- The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has declined to commute the death sentence of a local woman scheduled to be executed tonight, despite a plea from Pope Francis to do so.

Pope Francis met Argentine family who travelled 11,000 miles to Philadelphia

Sep 29, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The Holy See press officer explained on Sunday that that morning Pope Francis had met with the Walkers, a family from Argentina who travelled in a VW camper van to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families.

Saint Junipero Serra's canonization an 'exciting time to be a Catholic'

Sep 28, 2015 - 11:31 am .- Last week's Mass for the Canonization of Saint Junipero Serra, said by Pope Francis, proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those who participated in it, and a reflection of the excitement for the Pope's mission.

Pope Francis: I leave with a heart full of gratitude and hope

Sep 27, 2015 - 04:55 pm .- As he concluded his historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis thanked organizers and volunteers, saying that he concludes his trip with appreciation and hope. 

Pope makes impromptu stop at statue marking Jewish-Catholic unity

Sep 27, 2015 - 02:59 pm .- Pope Francis paid an unscheduled visit to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia this afternoon to bless a statue celebrating improved Vatican relations with the Jewish community.

God's love is for everyone – and it's dangerous to think otherwise, Pope says

Sep 27, 2015 - 02:44 pm .- At the final Mass closing out the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Pope Francis warned against narrowing God’s love and works to only a certain group of people.

Watch LIVE coverage of Pope's Mass for the World Meeting of Families

Sep 27, 2015 - 01:00 pm .- Pope Francis will say Mass to conclude the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this afternoon at 4 pm ET, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Watch EWTN's live coverage here!

Confinement is not exclusion! Pope Francis visits with Philly inmates

Sep 27, 2015 - 09:12 am .- During his visit to a Philadelphia correctional facility this morning, Pope Francis said every person is marked and bruised by life, but Jesus washes away our sins and invites us to live a full life.

Help youth be brave in opting for marriage and family, Pope tells bishops

Sep 27, 2015 - 08:16 am .- Pope Francis told bishops Sunday that a widespread consumerism and desire to follow new fads has rendered youth fearful of commitments, and said that as pastors they must encourage youth to be brave in going against the tide.

Pope Francis off-the-cuff: Family is the most beautiful thing God made

Sep 26, 2015 - 08:19 pm .- A visibly moved Pope Francis ditched his prepared remarks in speaking to thousands of families gathered in Philadelphia Saturday night – giving an impromptu reflection on the beauty and dire importance of family life.

For Pope Francis, it's imperative: religious liberty is a gift from God. Defend it.

Sep 26, 2015 - 03:41 pm .- In a Philadelphia moment laden with symbolism, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged all Americans and all religions to unite against efforts that would limit religious freedom.

The most important part of the Pope's trip is still to come

Sep 26, 2015 - 03:37 pm .- While the Pope’s speeches to Congress and the United Nations have drawn much attention, the upcoming weekend is the main focus of the Holy Father’s trip to the U.S., said the director of the Holy See press office.

Full text of Pope Francis' religious liberty address to Hispanics

Sep 26, 2015 - 01:45 pm .- Pope Francis met with the Hispanic community and other immigrants at Philadelphia's Independence Hall, where the United States Declaration of Independence and Constitution debated and adopted, this afternoon. Please find below the full text of his address:

Francis defended religious liberty in word and deed, Archbishop Lori says of DC visit

Sep 26, 2015 - 12:09 pm .- Pope Francis’ defense of religious freedom at the White House on Wednesday was “hugely significant,” said the chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.

Pope Francis to priests, religious: It's your job to inspire vocations

Sep 26, 2015 - 10:09 am .- The Church today is called to foster among young people a sense of responsibility and enthusiasm for the Gospel mission, Pope Francis said on Saturday to group of priests and religious gathered in Philadelphia’s cathedral.

Pope Francis hailed for transcending liberal/conservative divide

Sep 26, 2015 - 10:02 am .- Pope Francis rose above party politics and challenged lawmakers to a higher standard in his Thursday address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, Catholic members said.

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