Noting the pope's "immense popularity," Cardindal Donald Wuerl called the Washington visit "an exciting time for this archdiocese, the church in the United States and this city."
Pope Francis will visit Cuba and the United States during a Sept. 19-27 visit. Get the full schedule here.
Political and religious response to the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage ran the gamut from despair and anger to outright jubilation.
The act made it through its second Supreme Court test, but by no means will it end the legal and political assaults on it.
"We hope that everyone feels welcome to come, and certainly people who have experienced same-sex attraction are certainly welcome like anyone else," he said.
I would like to comment on a few unrelated op-eds, first on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal then on religious freedom.
This month, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a legal milestone on sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem. In a 6-3 ruling, the justices ruled that the U.S. Congress had overstepped its bounds when it passed a law in 2002 requiring the State Department to list Israel as a birth country in U.S. passports for Jerusalem-born Americans.
So far the nones haven't changed the U.S. political landscape very much, but in time, they are going to change it profoundly.
Bishop Jaime Soto called the bulk of those crossing the U.S.-Mexico border "asylum-seekers" and said their jailing "is a violation of international law."
Obama thanked the Catholic Health Care Association for their role in getting the legislation of the Affordable Care Act passed and also acknowledged that there is still work to be done.