PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The crowds waved yellow-and-white Vatican flags, purchased outside the gates, and held handfuls of rosaries brought from home to be blessed — somehow — by the passing of the man in the white car.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) In his final Mass before nearly 1 million people, the pope called on the Catholic Church to be open to everyone and to change — flashpoint themes for a major Vatican meeting of bishops next week.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Bands of volunteers came here not to see Pope Francis, but to minister to the homeless.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Pope Francis delivered a message to inmates at a correctional facility here: It is a “lie that no one can change.”
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) “For those who were abused by a member of the clergy, I am deeply sorry for the times when you or your family spoke out, to report the abuse, but you were not heard or believed,” the pope said.
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.