Archive of September 26, 2015

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.

Full text of Pope Francis' homily at Mass with clergy and religious

Sep 26, 2015 - 07:30 am .- Pope Francis is now saying Mass at Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for clergy and religious, and has just delivered his homily. Find the full text here: