Pope Francis told a joint meeting of Congress he backs efforts to abolish the death penalty. His U.S. nuncio sent letters to appeal on his behalf to commute sentences.
Pope Francis went straight from charging the U.S. Congress to care for the neediest to blessing and encouraging Washington's hungry and homeless on Thursday Sept. 24.
NCR Today: Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit Wednesday to a community of Catholic women religious that has been fighting an Obama administration mandate covering contraceptives in health care plans.
Commentary: What did NCR’s columnist Michael Sean Winters think about Pope Francis addresses today? Here's a round up of his analysis.
Basilica of the National Shrine -- Pope uses canonization Mass to preach on mission. Answer the call, he says, and "go forth and anoint."
At St. Matthew's Cathedral. Meeting and praying with the U.S. bishops, Pope Francis outlines his idea of a shepherd.
California Indians argue that the 18th-century Franciscan, to be made a saint during the pope's U.S. trip, helped destroy their culture and decimate their people.
At the White House. President and pope praise each other for climate action. Pope challenges president on religious liberty.
NCR Today: Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said "I feel that now the pope is ready to address global questions," at a press briefing Tuesday evening, following Francis' U.S. arrival.
Pope Francis landed at Joint Base Andrews Tuesday afternoon, launching his highly anticipated six-day, three-city visit to the U.S.