In wake of papal visit, pro-life opinion rises in United States

Pope Francis’ visit to the United States has given a boost to Americans’ stated support for the pro-life cause, the results of a survey conducted this month suggest. About 62 percent of Americans voiced support for life at every stage of its development, including the unborn, according to a Marist Poll conducted this month. The… Continue reading In wake of papal visit, pro-life opinion rises in United States

Here's what it was like when Pope Francis visited the homeless in DC

Pope Francis’ visit to homeless men and women in Washington, D.C., was “life-changing,” said the head of Catholic Charities in the nation’s capital. He added that many of those who met the Pope described the event as validating their dignity and showing them the presence of God. Along with every major speech to a political… Continue reading Here's what it was like when Pope Francis visited the homeless in DC

Vatican clarifies background on Pope's meeting with Kim Davis

After meeting with Pope Francis earlier this morning Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed that the Pope met with Kim Davis and her husband as part of a large group invited by the nunciature. In an Oct. 2 statement, Fr. Lombardi said that Pope Francis met with Davis alongside several dozen others who had been… Continue reading Vatican clarifies background on Pope's meeting with Kim Davis

Here's what Archbishop Kurtz thought about Pope Francis' visit

For Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, hearing the words of Pope Francis is like being taken back in time to when he first experienced his “original call” to serve the Church through the priesthood. “When I hear our Holy Father speaking, I feel like I’m going back on retreat. I’m going back to when I… Continue reading Here's what Archbishop Kurtz thought about Pope Francis' visit

Pope Francis lauds Archbishop Chaput's 'great love for the family'

Pope Francis reviewed his recent trip to Cuba and the United States during his General Audience on Wednesday, calling the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia the “culmination” of his apostolic visit. “I wish to convey my fraternal and warm thanks to Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia, for his commitment, his piety, his enthusiasm, and his… Continue reading Pope Francis lauds Archbishop Chaput's 'great love for the family'

What meeting Pope Francis was like for elementary students in Harlem

Students and community members in East Harlem were moved, sometimes to tears, by Pope Francis’ words and example during his visit to the New York neighborhood. “It was mindblowing and at the same time very shocking,” Aaron Diaz, a third grader from Our Lady, Queen of the Angels School told CNA, “because not many people… Continue reading What meeting Pope Francis was like for elementary students in Harlem

US bishops echo Pope's words on sex abuse, accountability

Two committee heads of the U.S. bishops’ conference voiced support for Pope Francis’ statement rejecting the sexual abuse of minors and promising accountability for those guilty of crimes against children. “I was so happy that our Holy Father was very clear with his message today,” said Bishop Edward J. Burns of Juneau, chairman of the… Continue reading US bishops echo Pope's words on sex abuse, accountability

After the Pope's visit – an exclusive interview with Archbishop Chaput

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia hosted Pope Francis in his highly-anticipated first visit to the United States. As the dust settled after the departure of nearly 1 million participants in the final Mass for the World Meeting of Families, CNA had the chance to interview Archbishop Chaput, who offered his take on the historic papal… Continue reading After the Pope's visit – an exclusive interview with Archbishop Chaput

Full transcript of Pope Francis' inflight interview from Philadelphia to Rome

In a 47 minute Q&A with journalists on his way back to Rome Pope Francis touched on sensitive topics such as forgiving abusers and conscientious objection, as well as the upcoming synod of bishops and women’s ordination. The Pope answered 11 questions posed in English, Spanish and Italian Sept. 27 while on board his American… Continue reading Full transcript of Pope Francis' inflight interview from Philadelphia to Rome

I can forgive an abuser, but understand those who can't, Pope says

In his wide-ranging press briefing en route from the United States to Rome, Pope Francis spoke on the difficult subject of forgiving priests who have molested minors, saying that the strength to forgive, and to be forgiven, can only come from God. Francis also told journalists that while he is willing to forgive clergy who… Continue reading I can forgive an abuser, but understand those who can't, Pope says

Full text of Pope Francis' homily at Mass with clergy and religious

Pope Francis is now saying Mass at Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for clergy and religious, and has just delivered his homily. Find the full text here: This morning I learned something about the history of this beautiful Cathedral: the story behind its high walls and windows. I would like to think,… Continue reading Full text of Pope Francis' homily at Mass with clergy and religious

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

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

Full text of Pope Francis' religious liberty address to Hispanics

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… Continue reading Full text of Pope Francis' religious liberty address to Hispanics

Pope makes impromptu stop at statue marking Jewish-Catholic unity

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… Continue reading Pope makes impromptu stop at statue marking Jewish-Catholic unity

Confinement is not exclusion! Pope Francis visits with Philly inmates

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… Continue reading Confinement is not exclusion! Pope Francis visits with Philly inmates

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

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… Continue reading God's love is for everyone – and it's dangerous to think otherwise, Pope says

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

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

Read the full text of Pope Francis' visit to a school in Harlem

Pope Francis visited Our Lady, Queen of the Angels school in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City on Sept. 25. Most of the school’s students come from migrant families. Read the full text of his prepared remarks: Dear Children, I am very happy to be with you today, along with this big family which… Continue reading Read the full text of Pope Francis' visit to a school in Harlem

Pope Francis to New York City: Jesus still walks our streets. Tell everyone!

Pope Francis on Friday had a brief, but urgent, reminder for the Catholics of New York City. They must proclaim the joy of God and remember to care for all those who go unnoticed in their metropolis, because they have seen the “great light” of Jesus Christ. “Knowing that Jesus still walks our streets, that… Continue reading Pope Francis to New York City: Jesus still walks our streets. Tell everyone!