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Pope Francis: Imitate Saint Junipero Serra, be trailblazers for Christ

Sep 23, 2015 - 03:42 pm .- Pope Francis made history Wednesday by performing the first-ever canonization on U.S. soil, of St. Junipero Serra.

New York City prepares for 'The Francis.'

Sep 23, 2015 - 03:02 pm .- Everyone and everything from singers and priests to the cathedral itself in the New York archdiocese are making final preparations for the Pope's next stop during his first papal trip to the U.S.

Why Pope Francis is here, according to Bishop Robert Barron

Sep 23, 2015 - 11:50 am .- Chatter over politics – and whether or not Pope Francis is a communist – has taken center stage since he landed in the U.S., but for Bishop Robert Barron, the Pope's visit is about much more.

Immigrants enrich America and the Church, Pope affirms

Sep 23, 2015 - 11:27 am .- In the longest speech of his trip so far, Pope Francis on Wednesday praised U.S. bishops for their commitment to defending life, their handling of the clerical abuse crisis, and their welcome of immigrants, while urging them not to be afraid to do more.

Pope Francis to Obama: Religious freedom is beyond price

Sep 23, 2015 - 08:04 am .- Pope Francis Wednesday reminded U.S. president Barack Obama that religious freedom is one of America's most “precious possessions,” while lauding the nation's Catholics their work toward a society marked by tolerance and inclusivity.

For Pope's visit, United Nations will unfurl Holy See flag

Sep 22, 2015 - 07:03 pm .- For the first time, the Holy See's distinct white and yellow flag will fly alongside the flags of United Nation's countries in honor of Pope Francis' arrival to U.N. headquarters in New York City.

En route to US, Pope Francis rejects 'left-leaning' accusations

Sep 22, 2015 - 03:05 pm .- On the papal flight from Cuba to Washington, D.C., where Pope Francis held the customary press conference with journalists on board, an Italian reporter posed a particularly tough question.

Full transcript of Pope's in-flight interview from Cuba to US

Sep 22, 2015 - 02:52 pm .- Speaking to journalists aboard Tuesday's flight from Cuba to Joint Base Andrews, outside Washington, D.C., Pope Francis discussed his time in Cuba; the Church's social teaching, and personal freedoms in Cuba, as well as Cuba-United States relations.

Previewing the Pope at the United Nations: a call to abandon no one

Sep 22, 2015 - 12:05 pm .- In his much anticipated speech at the United Nations headquarters on Friday, Pope Francis will likely call on the countries of the world not to abandon those who are, in any sense, in the peripheries.

Move over Donald Trump – Pope Francis' approval ratings are much higher

Sep 21, 2015 - 03:49 pm .- Pope Francis can look forward to a warm welcome in the United States this week, from both Catholic and non-Catholic Americans.

Here's what Pope Francis is likely to tell the US Congress

Sep 21, 2015 - 10:48 am .- On Thursday Pope Francis will become the first Bishop of Rome to address a joint session of the US Senate and House of Representatives. During his speech he will tackle the misinterpretation of his words on economics and politics.

Pope Francis: Do you believe that Christ can transform you?

Sep 21, 2015 - 09:02 am .- Pope Francis Monday celebrated his second public Mass during his papal visit to Cuba, reflecting that an encounter with Christ has the power to transform even the most rejected sinners into missionaries.

Christ is our only hope – Syrian Christians pray for miracles amid Islamists' carnage

Sep 18, 2015 - 05:01 pm .- Syrian natives who have ministered to refugees from the civil war there are trusting in God to protect their fellow Christians.

Vatican pushes back over White House invite to Catholic dissidents

Sep 18, 2015 - 04:22 pm .- The presence of LGBT activists and other controversial guests at the White House welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis has reportedly drawn concern at the Vatican.

House votes to transfer federal funding from Planned Parenthood to health centers

Sep 18, 2015 - 02:24 pm .- In a 241-187 vote on Friday, members of the United States House of Representatives voted to freeze funding for Planned Parenthood for one year, following months of political debate surrounding information revealed in a series of undercover videos on the abortion provider.

When Pope Francis comes to the US, he won't just talk about the environment

Sep 18, 2015 - 10:58 am .- Pope Francis’ ecology encyclical is about a lot more than recycling – it speaks to man’s deepest relationships – and the Pope will emphasize all this in his upcoming U.S. visit, said one leading U.S. bishop.

How marriage prep is failing Catholics, and what we can do about it

Sep 18, 2015 - 04:02 am .- The Church needs to seriously consider changing the way it approaches marriage preparation say John and Claire Grabowski, a couple who serve on the Pontifical Council for the Family.

What's behind the White House's invite to Catholic dissenters

Sep 18, 2015 - 12:03 am .- The White House will host a welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis next week, but it has invited several LGBT activist allies who are working to target Catholic beliefs and to influence the Synod on the Family.

Chicago archdiocese appoints Commonweal editor as new director of media

Sep 17, 2015 - 03:58 pm .- The Archdiocese of Chicago on Thursday named Grant Gallicho as its director of publications and media, a newly created position. Effective Nov. 1, Gallicho’s duties in his new position will include reviewing the archdiocese’s publications strategy and managing its print and digital properties.

Over 45 million live in poverty as Pope Francis comes to visit

Sep 17, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- Carolyn Smith of Dayton, Ohio was living without food or working utilities and in “in an utter, total state of depression” when a Good Samaritan brought her to the local Catholic Social Services.

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