• Time will tell if Pope Francis’ visit has truly changed America

    • Sep 29, 2015

    ROME — By any reasonable standard, the keenly awaited Sept. 22-27 visit of Pope Francis to the United States, his first outing to the country in his entire life, has to be judged a massive short-term triumph. The pope wowed crowds everywhere he went, whether it was leading the “Mass

  • Francis moves from solemn to spontaneous

    • Sep 25, 2015

    Pope Francis was able to shed a bit of the formality that has marked his US trip so far, meeting with the families of 9/11 victims before an interreligious service at Ground Zero, then smiling and joking with immigrant schoolchildren at a Catholic school in East Harlem. During the almost

  • Pope Francis pleads with nations to act now on climate change

    • Sep 25, 2015

    NEW YORK — Pope Francis brought his campaign for action on climate change to the United Nations Friday, proclaiming the existence of a “right of the environment” and pleading with countries to stop abusing it. In remarks to the largest gathering of world leaders in UN history — close to