Why Pope Francis is here, according to Bishop Robert Barron

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “I'm expecting the Pope to evangelize, he's come as a preacher of the Gospel,” Bishop Barron told CNA Sept. 23 outside the White House. The Pope, he said, will “speak across the denominational lines … [Read more...]

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Immigrants enrich America and the Church, Pope affirms

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 11:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. In his Sept. 23 address to the bishops of the United States, Pope Francis asked to be excused “if in some way I am pleading my own case,” and brought up immigration as a … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to Obama: Religious freedom is beyond price

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “With countless other people of good will, (American Catholics) are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to Obama: Religious freedom is beyond price

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “With countless other people of good will, (American Catholics) are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to Obama: Religious freedom is beyond price

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “With countless other people of good will, (American Catholics) are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and … [Read more...]

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

New York City, N.Y., Sep 22, 2015 / 07:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. U.N. officials, after consulting with the Holy See, decided to raise the flag on the morning of Sept. 25 so that it will be flying when Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive at 8:30 a.m. The Pope will then address a special … [Read more...]

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

Washington D.C., Sep 22, 2015 / 03:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. What was the Holy Father’s response to the rampant rumors in the media just ahead of his U.S. visit that he is left-leaning, maybe even a “communist Pope” or even “not a Catholic”?    Pope Francis did not … [Read more...]

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