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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Watch LIVE coverage of Pope’s visit with prisoners

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 27, 2015 / 08:34 am (CNA).- Pope Francis will soon visit with detainees at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia. Watch EWTN's live coverage of the event here. … [Read more...]

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

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 27, 2015 / 08:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. He began his speech, however, with an impromptu reflection on the clergy sex abuse crisis, mentioning that he had met earlier with victims and their families. He said the victims “have become true heralds … [Read more...]

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