Category Archives: papal trip

A video treasury: #PopeinUS

I’m about to take you on a retrospective journey of what it was like to be a member of the media a year ago while covering Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. This entry will be complete with videos … Continue reading

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Poles can’t help comparing Pope Francis to their favorite son

By Jonathan Luxmoore CZESTOCHOWA, Poland — Jurek Najgebauer attended Pope Francis’ Mass at the Jasna Gora national monastery. Although police said about 200,000 people attended the Mass, Najgebauer said there were far fewer than when St. John Paul II was … Continue reading

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‘People’s Pope’ won’t see many faithful from Philly stage

By Joyce Duriga PHILADELPHIA — The “People’s Pope” won’t be able to see many people from the stage when he attends the Festival of Families Saturday and celebrates Mass Sunday on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in downtown Philadelphia. More than … Continue reading

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After hours of waiting, New Yorkers see pope in Central Park

By Seth T. Gonzales NEW YORK — It was a festive atmosphere in Central Park as 80,000 ticketed people lined police barricades to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis Sept. 25. After visiting with third- and fourth-grade students at Our Lady … Continue reading

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Security in Philadelphia extremely tight in advance of pope’s Saturday arrival

PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis does not arrive until tomorrow and the center city is in near lockdown. Parts of normally bustling Market and Broad streets — main thoroughfares that converge at City Hall — were absent of vehicular traffic this … Continue reading

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Covering a pope: You can’t make this up

By Barb Fraze, international editor First in a series If a Hollywood producer had written a script, movie-goers would have said, “That would never happen.” Yet what I witnessed 350 miles south of the Arctic Circle could have been an … Continue reading

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El papa Francisco visitará Cuba antes de comenzar su visita a Estados Unidos

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO (CNS) — El sacerdote jesuita Federico Lombardi, portavoz del Vaticano, dijo a reporteros el 22 de abril que el papa ha “recibido y aceptado la invitación de las autoridades civiles y los obispos de Cuba” y ha … Continue reading

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Pope calls on clergy, religious to share love with the poor

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — At his first Mass in the Philippines, Pope Francis demonstrated that he was not simply reading English, but understood it. The prepared text of his homily began with Jesus’ words to St. Peter, “Do you love … Continue reading

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Text of Pope Francis’ homily at Christmas Mass

VATICAN CITY — Here is the English translation of Pope Francis’ homily at Christmas Mass Dec. 24 in St. Peter’s Basilica: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep … Continue reading

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Heads up: Don’t read this blog if you’re hungry

By Judith Sudilovsky BETHLEHEM, West Bank — When Casa Nova head Chef Elias Akroush, 33, learned that Pope Francis would be lunching with five Palestinian families at the pilgrim guesthouse where he directs the kitchen, he knew he would turn … Continue reading

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