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Your Catholic Online News Magazine
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Sunday, October 17, 2021
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  • When Pope Francis visited us at Saint John Paul II Seminary
    ‘Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again, rejoice!” Pope Francis began his homily with these words, quoting Saint Paul in the second reading for the Canonization Mass of St. Junipero Serra.
  • Pope Francis makes history by addressing joint meeting of Congress
    Making history as the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress, Pope Francis on Sept. 24 encouraged lawmakers and all Americans to welcome immigrants, have solidarity with the poor, and work together to protect the environment.
  • White House welcome
    Welcoming Pope Francis to the White House on Sept. 23, President Barack Obama praised the pontiff for his “message of love and hope (that) has inspired so many people across our nation and around the world.”
  • Pope Francis canonizes Junípero Serra,  says faith is alive only when shared
    Canonizing the 18th-century Spanish missionary, Blessed Junípero Serra, Pope Francis insisted a person’s faith is alive only when it is shared.
  • ‘Faith dispels the dark’
    Likening the plight of today’s poor and homeless with the struggles encountered by the Holy Family, Pope Francis urged those who face such trials to rely on their faith in God and to look to St. Joseph for inspiration.
  • ‘Welcome to D.C.!’
    Christian Tabash had no words when Pope Francis walked along the line of Catholic schoolchildren outside the papal nunciature on Sept. 23 and shook his hand. “I was trying to think of something to say, but nothing came to my mind and afterwards I just said, ‘I love you,’ in Spanish – ‘Te quiero,” he said.
  • Pope Francis encounters the poor at Catholic Charities
    Like Abraham Lincoln during the Gettysburg Address, Pope Francis gave brief and simple message when he came to pray over the lunch of 300 Catholic Charities clients in downtown Washington on Sept. 24.
  • Pope Francis, ‘pastor from South,’ encourages U.S. bishops to be pastors
    Addressing more than 300 of the nation’s Catholic bishops as a “pastor from the South,” and a calling himself a “brother among brothers,” Pope Francis encouraged the bishops in all areas of their ministry and reminded them to always joyfully proclaim the Risen Christ to their flocks.
  • Tens of thousands line Washington streets to greet Pope Francis
    After visiting the White House and receiving an official welcome by President Barack Obama, Pope Francis took to the streets of Washington Sept. 23, to receive the welcome of tens of thousands of Catholics and others.
  • President Obama welcomes Pope Francis on first U.S. visit

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, led a group of government and religious leaders at Joint Base Andrews Sept. 22 in welcoming Pope Francis on his historic first visit to the United States.

  • Pope calls for ‘revolution of tenderness’ in Cuba

    Pope Francis called Cubans to a “revolution of tenderness" as he celebrated Mass in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, the country's patroness.

  • Serve people, not ideology, pope tells Cubans at Havana Mass
    As Cubans finally face the prospects of calmer relationships and greater ease of communication and commerce with the United States, Pope Francis told the Cuban people that love and service, not anyone’s ideology, are the keys to their happiness.
  • Pope arrives in Cuba calling for freedom, better U.S.-Cuba relations
    Pope Francis began his visit to Cuba praying for greater freedom for the island’s people and calling on U.S. and Cuban politicians to continue moving toward fully normal and neighborly relations.
  • While a juridical process is necessary for making accurate judgments, the Catholic Church’s marriage annulment process must be quicker, cheaper and much more of a pastoral ministry, Pope Francis said.

  • With papal visit souvenirs, shrine pilgrims get Pope Francis keepsakes
    Since the announcement that Pope Francis would make a Sept. 22-24 visit to Washington, the gift shop and the bookstore at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception has done a brisk business in papal souvenirs. Officials there said they expect business to pick up even more as the visit draws nearer.
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