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

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 29, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. Father Federico Lombardi explained that the Walkers left from Buenos Aires, and covered 11,000 miles and passed through 13 countries during their 194-day trip. The encounter took place after the Pope met with sexual abuse … [Read more...]

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

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2015 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. "I think the Pope has a beautiful mission, which is to bring to all of us the love of Christ, who we grow closer to every day," Maria, from Maryland, told CNA. Maria and her husband came to the … [Read more...]

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

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 27, 2015 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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.  “Your care for me and your generous welcome are a sign of your love for Jesus and your faithfulness to him,” Pope Francis said.  “So too is your care for the poor, the sick, the homeless and the immigrant, your defense of … [Read more...]

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Pope makes impromptu stop at statue marking Jewish-Catholic unity

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 27, 2015 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. The bronze statue, titled “Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time,” depicts two figures – signifying Christianity and Judaism – sitting beside each other and displaying their sacred texts in postures of dialogue. “This … [Read more...]

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

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 27, 2015 / 02:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “To raise doubts about the working of the Spirit, to give the impression that it cannot take place in those who are not ‘part of the group’, who are not ‘like us’, is a dangerous temptation,” the Holy Father said Sept. … [Read more...]

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

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 27, 2015 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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! … [Read more...]

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Confinement is not exclusion! Pope Francis visits with Philly inmates

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 27, 2015 / 09:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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.   “Life is a journey, along different roads, different paths, which leave our mark on us,” the Pope said. “All of us need to be cleansed, to be washed. All of us are being sought out by the Teacher, who wants to … [Read more...]

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