Monthly Archives: September 2015

Pope Francis’ farewell from Philadelphia Airport

Before leaving Philadelphia to return to Rome, Francis offered words of gratitude to the American people and thanked them for their generosity. He ended his remarks encouraging us to use that same gratitude to care for others in need. “I … Continue reading

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Closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis in Philadelphia

More than one million pilgrims gathered on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families and his final public appearance on this trip. Here, he encouraged families to focus on the small, simple things … Continue reading

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Pope Francis speaks to the inmates at the Curran Correctional Facility

Pope Francis’s visit to the correctional facility marked the first visit of a pope to a United States Prison. There he offered moving words of solidarity with the prisoners noting that he was chief of sinners and all of us … Continue reading

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Pope Francis meets bishops and priests at the World Meeting of Families at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

Pope Francis began his remarks to the bishops at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary by announcing he had met with victims of sexual abuse that morning. He strongly condemned the crime of sexual abuse and promised that all responsible will be … Continue reading

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Pope Francis attends Festival of Families at Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 On Saturday evening the Pope joined a quarter of a million people along Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a Festival of Families. The event was hosted by Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg and featured performances from Andrea Bocelli, Jim Gaffigan, Aretha Franklin, special … Continue reading

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Statement from the Holy See on Pope Francis’ meeting with sexual abuse victims

Communiqué of Fr. Federico Lomobardi, SJ, Director of the Holy See Press Office on Pope Francis’ Meeting with Victims of Sexual Abuse by the Clergy or by members of their own families or teachers This morning between 8:00 and 9:00 … Continue reading

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Pope meets sex abuse victims in Philadelphia and pledges accountability

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held a private meeting with victims of clerical sex abuse in Philadelphia on Sunday (27th September) and told bishops afterwards that such crimes “must no longer be held in secret” and promised on behalf of the … Continue reading

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