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

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 26, 2015 / 08:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “The most beautiful thing that God did, the Bible says, was the family,” he said Sept. 26 at the celebration for families on the streets of Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Pope voiced his thanks at … [Read more...]

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Full text of Pope Francis’ prepared remarks at the Festival of Families

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 26, 2015 / 04:30 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis put aside his prepared remarks for the World Meeting of Families' "Festival of Families" Sept. 26, at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Here is the full text of the prepared remarks he did not give:Dear Brothers and Sisters, Dear Families, First of all, I want to thank the families who were willing to share their life stories with us. Thank you for your witness! It is always a gift to listen to … [Read more...]

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

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 26, 2015 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “May this country and each of you be renewed in gratitude for the many blessings and freedoms that you enjoy. And may you defend these rights, especially your religious freedom, for it has been given to you by God himself,” the Pope said Sept. … [Read more...]

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

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 26, 2015 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “May this country and each of you be renewed in gratitude for the many blessings and freedoms that you enjoy. And may you defend these rights, especially your religious freedom, for it has been given to you by God himself,” the Pope said Sept. … [Read more...]

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

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 26, 2015 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. Pope Francis’ Sept. 26 arrival in Philadelphia marks the last stretch of his nine-day trip, which also included Cuba, Washington, D.C., and New York City. But while Philadelphia is the final part … [Read more...]

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Full text of Pope Francis’ religious liberty address to Hispanics

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 26, 2015 / 01:45 pm (CNA).- 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 prepared remarks for the address: Dear Friends,One of the highlights of my visit is to stand here, before Independence Mall, the birthplace of the United States of America. It was … [Read more...]

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

Washington D.C., Sep 26, 2015 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “He said that we should not be forced to give up or compromise our beliefs,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said of Pope Francis’ remarks at the official welcoming ceremony for his U.S. visit at the White House. … [Read more...]

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