American teenager admits to plot to assassinate Pope during papal visit

Santos Colon Junior planned the attack ahead of a papal Mass in 2015 A teenager in America has confessed to an ISIS inspired plan to assassinate the Pope during his visit to Philadelphia in September 2015. Santos Colon Junior, aged 17, tried to get hold of a sniper rifle ahead of a papal Mass in… Continue reading American teenager admits to plot to assassinate Pope during papal visit

A year after Pope Francis in America, what has changed?

It has been a year since Pope Francis visited Philadelphia and the United States, but has anything changed as a result of his time here? In the year before the Pope’s arrival in the U.S., the Church was rocked by scandal. Controversy over the Church’s handling of pedophile priests seemed to dominate the media. Many… Continue reading A year after Pope Francis in America, what has changed?

Custom made car Pope Francis used during his visit to Philadelphia up for auction

Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that the Popes’ Fiat 500L ride that he used during his visit in September to Philadelphia is going up for auction. “I am deeply grateful to FIAT Chrysler for its generosity in giving the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the two FIATS used by Pope Francis during… Continue reading Custom made car Pope Francis used during his visit to Philadelphia up for auction

Archbishop Chaput named and others named new members on synod council – Check them out

As established by Pope Paul VI in 1965 is the Synod Council members, whom are to serve as an advisory council to the Pontiff in a Synod meeting meant aimed at tackling developing challenging factors in the church and help in fostering a closer unity between the Roman Pontiff and bishops, to assist the Roman Pontiff with… Continue reading Archbishop Chaput named and others named new members on synod council – Check them out

Philadelphia mayor says media scared people from seeing pope

News reports about extensive security in place for Pope Francis’ visit may have deterred people from attending, the mayor said Monday, while calling the weekend a “tremendous success” overall. The pope’s trip to Philadelphia for the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families spurred intense traffic and security restrictions. Concrete and steel barricades lined downtown streets, and… Continue reading Philadelphia mayor says media scared people from seeing pope

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

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

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… Continue reading For Pope Francis, it's imperative: religious liberty is a gift from God. Defend it.

'God cries' for victims of abuse, Pope says after meeting survivors

Pope Francis this morning met with 5 survivors of sexual abuse during his visit to Philadelphia, telling bishops afterward that the evil acts can no longer remain in silence, and promised his personal vigilance in protecting minors. “The stories of suffering and pain of minors who were sexually abused by priests have aggravated my heart,”… Continue reading 'God cries' for victims of abuse, Pope says after meeting survivors

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

Performing for the Pope in Philly: a chat with some of the talent

Musicians, comedians, performers and artists from the around the world are eager to reinforce the message of the family and God’s love – as well as to perform for Pope Francis. “We are not worthy to enter under @Pontifex’s roof but trusts he has the word for healing!” Jeannie Gaffigan, wife of Jim Gaffigan, mother… Continue reading Performing for the Pope in Philly: a chat with some of the talent

The World Meeting of Families Catechism

Preparatory Catechesis At each World Meeting of Families (WMOF), the host diocese writes a preparatory catechesis. This is a fundamental part of the meeting, and it elaborates on this year’s theme: “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” Ten themes about love, joy, and the nature of the family embody the preparatory catechesis, which… Continue reading The World Meeting of Families Catechism

Parents of missing Mexican students travel to US to appeal to Pope Francis

Pope Francis’s trip to Philadelphia coincides with the anniversary of attacks which left six people dead and 43 missing Peasant farmer Emiliano Navarrete lost his son one year ago, in an attack on 43 teacher trainees in southern Guerrero state. He still holds out hope that his son, Jose Angel Navarrete, 18, and his classmates… Continue reading Parents of missing Mexican students travel to US to appeal to Pope Francis

Expecting a million for the pope and praying they’ll come

In the videotaped message, Pope Francis issues a personal invitation to pilgrims — “See you in Philadelphia!” — but it remains an open question whether the massive crowd organizers have predicted will turn out to see him. Despite an “I’ll be there” marketing campaign, a rollback of some travel restrictions and an increase in hotel… Continue reading Expecting a million for the pope and praying they’ll come

New American Catholic Church app offers exclusive coverage of papal visit

The USA Catholic Church app is available as a free download US Catholic Church leaders have launched the USA Catholic Church mobile app offering exclusive coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the US between September 22-27. Bishop Christopher J Coyne, chairman-elect of the Committee on Communications of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which created… Continue reading New American Catholic Church app offers exclusive coverage of papal visit

Aretha Franklin to sing at concert to mark Pope’s visit to Philadelphia

Pope Francis is visiting the World Meeting of Families as part of a three-city tour of the US US soul singer Aretha Franklin will perform at a concert during Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia later this month. Franklin will take to the stage on September 26, the day that the Pope is scheduled to visit… Continue reading Aretha Franklin to sing at concert to mark Pope’s visit to Philadelphia