The Day I Met Pope Francis

“God always surprises us; he bursts our categories; he wreaks havoc with our plans. And he tells us: Trust me; do not be afraid; let yourself be surprised.” I couldn’t have agreed more with Pope Francis when I heard him preach these words. It was October 13, 2013. I was standing in St. Peter’s...

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...

The World Meeting of Families

Our guest blogger today is Gina Loehr whose work has been featured in St. Anthony Messenger magazine. “It was like Catholic Disneyland.” That’s how my friend, Rachel Bond, described the exhibitor plaza at the World Meeting of Families which she attended with her husband and two young daughters. Nearly...

Pope Francis in Philadelphia—Day 1

Remaining True to Our Founding Principles After day 1 of Pope Francis in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love was certainly not disappointed. Nor did his seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy wane. After remarkable trips to both our nation’s capital and New York City, the indestructible Francis...

Methods of Travel—Part Two

“I, too, am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility.” —Pope Francis I’ve spent a lot of time going over the river and through the woods of how Philadelphia will be handling the influx of over 1.5 million new...

Methods of Travel—Part One

“In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners.” —Pope Francis In planning my trip to Philadelphia these past few weeks, I...

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