Pope Francis on Divorce and Remarriage

During his August 5 general audience, Pope Francis addressed the issue of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, saying they “are not, in fact, excommunicated—they are not excommunicated—and they absolutely must not be treated as if they were,” reported Catholic News Service (CNS). In his first...

Pope Francis in the U.S. Day 2—DC and NYC

On This Day in History When Pope Francis addressed a joint session of the US Congress on Thursday, he became the first pontiff to ever do so. And he did not let the opportunity to go to waste. Framing his message around four well-known Americans—Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr, Dorothy Day, and...

Pope Francis in Washington, DC – Day 1

A Pope, A Saint, and a President No, this is not the beginning of a joke. It’s actually a summary of Pope Francis’s first full day in Washington, DC. The first stop on his schedule was a visit to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama. But, as it turns out, the pope actually started...

Pope Francis’s Winning Smile

That smile. Oh, that smile. When Pope Francis exited the plane at Joint Base Andrews, it was there. Those present for the welcome erupted. How could you not? His smile—and his wit—have drawn people to him, as well as back to the Church. He seems to be able to spread his message without seeming...

The Hottest Ticket in Town

Here in DC, everyone is talking about Pope Francis—and he hasn’t even arrived yet. Even us journalists are getting excited about this leg of the trip. So excited, that trying to get credentials to the events are hard to come by. Reporters are begging and pleading to whoever they can to grab that...

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