• 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

  • Pope to US bishops: It’s about love as much as doctrine

    • Sep 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON — In a speech to 300 US bishops in an historic Washington cathedral, Pope Francis encouraged the prelates to soften their approach to the faithful while continuing their mission of spreading the loving message of Jesus Christ. “Harsh and divisive language does not befit the tongue of a pastor;

  • From Lincoln lectern to traffic, knotty US logistics for Pope Francis

    • Sep 21, 2015

    In New York, Roman Catholic officials have walked Pope Francis’ expected path through the National September 11 Memorial and timed it at five to seven minutes. In Washington, studios for television news anchors are being erected on the roofs of the Catholic University of America. In a quiet corner of

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