Pope Francis’ Energetic Schedule for His First U.S. Trip – UPDATED

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Wow, there's a lot happening on September 22-27, when Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States! The Washington Post offered an exclusive look at the preliminary schedule--with the disclaimer that things could change, this is not the "official" schedule. In fact, even after the Vatican releases the itinerary later this week, there could be last-minute changes. Here it is, though--the itinerary, as of this writing:Wednesday, September 23Breakfast at the White H … [Read more...]

“Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom”: Hymn for the World Meeting of Families

On Sunday, November 30, worshippers at a Mass at Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul heard for the first time the hymn that will be played at Pope Francis' Mass during next year's World Meeting of Families."Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom" was co-written by Norbertine Father Andrew Ciferni and Normand Gouin and was selected from 20 entries which were submitted by invitation only.  The hymn opens with an allusion to Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, and traces the life of Je … [Read more...]

CONFIRMED: Pope Francis Is Coming to Philly!

Logo - World Meeting of Families

The Pope is coming to America! We knew there was a good chance that Pope Francis would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which had been established by his predecessor; but we had no assurance until now. On Monday, November 17, Pope Francis made the announcement at the Colloquium on Complementarity of Man and Woman.  He said:"I wish to confirm according to the wishes of the Lord, that in September 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. … [Read more...]