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."
The crowd of people who will gather at Pope Francis' open-air Mass in Washington in September won't be able to experience the interior beauty of the Basilica of the National Shine of the Immaculate Conception during the Mass.
So the winning students of an altar design contest decided to bring the architecture of the grand church out to the people.
In a letter Monday, more than 50 Catholic signatories said donor Charles Koch and his brother, David, "have a clear political and ideological agenda."
In a letter released Monday, a group of 50 Catholic academics balk at tea party donors' funding of The Catholic University of America's business school.