The major relics of St. Maria Goretti, known as the "patroness of purity," are on a "pilgrimage of mercy" in the United States this fall, for the first U.S. visit.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis finally came to the United States, and for the vast majority of Americans, even Catholics, he was here today and gone tomorrow.
With his easel set up back from the massive crowd along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, just south of the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Kevin Johnson felt inspired to paint.
On the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. “The temptation to be scandalized by the freedom of God … threatens the authenticity of faith,” Francis says.
On Families. It's easy to condemn culture as selfishness and indifferent, Francis said. "We must not fall into this trap."
While pilgrims in Philadelphia put up with a long weekend of lines and security checks at the papal venues, the pope reached out to a group of people whose lives are lines and security checks for years at a time.
Pope Francis spent about an hour at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. He entered the gymnasium from behind a blue curtain, walking up on to the small stage and carefully inspecting the large chair the inmates had made for him. He turned, with a big smile across his face, and gave the inmates a sincere Pope Francis thumbs up.
Pope Francis has met with survivors of clergy sexual abuse this morning. He said "God weeps" for their pain.
In an only-in-America star-studded concert-as-prayer revival that shut down the iconic Benjamin Franklin Sept. 26 in Philadelphia, Pope Francis asked families to give special care to children and grandparents.
The United States believes in religious freedom in a pluralistic society and in the contributions of immigrants, says Pope Francis to crowd at Independence Mall in Philadelphia Sept. 26.
NCR Today: The streets were not empty at 3:30 a.m. Soldiers stood on quiet corners and law enforcement agents watched me carefully.