Celebrating Mass with some 25,000 people in Madison Square Garden Friday, Pope Francis reflected on the difficulty of living life as a Christian in a big city.
Pope Francis encouraged an audience of Catholic school students and immigrants to live with joy and dare to dream.
Francis was part of a service which saw poignant reflections from Jewish and Muslim leaders, a prayer of remembrance from the pope, and Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Christian, and Muslim meditations.
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Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said Francis may have another opportunity during his U.S. trip to address the sexual abuse crisis, possibly referencing an upcoming, unannounced meeting with abuse survivors.
Pope Francis poignantly thanked U.S. Catholic women religious -- recently the subject of two controversial Vatican investigations -- for their work in building and maintaining the church throughout the country.
Beyond Francis' address, the agenda for the U.N. is loaded. Sustainable Development Goals are first on the docket, set for adoption following the pope's speech.
Over the past year, Cardinal Timothy Dolan unleashed a series of parish consolidations, closings and mergers, affecting a sizeable chunk of the Archdiocese of New York's 368 parishes.
When Pope Francis visits New York, he will meet 150 immigrants and refugees, hailing from Central and South America, Africa and Asia, all benefiting from Catholic Charities programs.
New York -- Alexandra Dyer, a member of Roman Catholic Womenpriests, was attacked in Queens, NY, Aug. 20, by a man who sprayed her face with a Drano-like substance. She is hospitalized in stable condition.