PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Pope Francis said a church that constantly explains doctrines without providing real support to families “is dangerously unbalanced.”
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) He delivered a folksy, off-the-cuff riff on family life — and in prepared remarks urged society to provide concrete economic support to families.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) “Every time a faith leader speaks out against sexual diversity, a transgender woman is killed in my community,” said Nicole Santamaria, a Roman Catholic intersex woman from El Salvador.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The pontiff had a chance to endorse the U.S. bishops’ religious liberty battles against gay rights and the contraception mandate. But he passed.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Forty students — most from underprivileged homes — danced the tango, the national dance of Pope Francis’ native Argentina, at the Festival of Families.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Raising a glass (or eight) of special papal beers brewed to last only a little longer than Pope Francis’ visit here.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Advocacy groups took advantage of a lull in this city just before Pope Francis’ arrival to take to the streets for various demonstrations — and with very different results.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The well-known science and technology museum, named for Benjamin Franklin, is displaying more than 200 works of art and other treasures from the Vatican.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) But the pontiff seemed to rule out the idea of ordaining women, while also hinting that wealthy Catholics — many of whom have complained about Francis’ blasts at the evils of modern-day capitalism — could follow the example of a local saint who gave away all she had.