USA 2015 Papal Visit

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis on Religious Liberty

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“Religious freedom certainly means the right to worship God, individually and in community, as our consciences dictate. But religious liberty, by its nature, transcends places of worship and the private sphere of individuals and families.” (Pope Francis—Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, September 26, 2015) Print this entry

What I Learned from Attending the Papal Mass in Philadelphia

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Since we only live a few hours away, we decided at the last minute to attend the Papal Mass in Philadelphia. Making an appearance with our kids to this event—no matter how historic—made no sense. We did not have tickets. We have six children, one of whom is a toddler capable of shattering glass with his high-pitched screams. Two million […]

The Power of Encounter

It was a scene replayed over and over during Pope Francis’ visit.  Thousands of arms outstretched, reaching out, straining against barricades… ultimately blocked, not by fences, but by their iPhones and cameras separating them from the Pope.  City block after city block, did the Holy Father search for eyes, only to be greeted by the backs of phones and iPads?  […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

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“In big cities, beneath the roar of traffic, beneath ‘the rapid pace of change,’ so many faces pass by unnoticed because they have no ‘right’ to be there, no right to be part of the city. They are the foreigners, the children who go without schooling, those deprived of medical insurance, the homeless, the forgotten elderly. These people stand at […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

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“Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life, and life grows in faith.” (Pope Francis—Homily at closing Holy Mass at […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

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“Religious freedom certainly means the right to worship God, individually and in community, as our consciences dictate. But religious liberty, by its nature, transcends places of worship and the private sphere of individuals and families.” (Pope Francis—Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, September 26, 2015) Print this entry

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

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“I feel many different emotions standing here at Ground Zero, where thousands of lives were taken in a senseless act of destruction. Here grief is palpable. The water we see flowing towards that empty pit reminds us of all those lives which fell prey to those who think that destruction, tearing down, is the only way to settle conflicts. It […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

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“I will end my visit to your country in Philadelphia, where I will take part in the World Meeting of Families. It is my wish that throughout my visit the family should be a recurrent theme. How essential the family has been to the building of this country! And how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement! Yet I […]