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It's official -- Pope Francis to visit Philadelphia

The Philadelphia skyline is seen in a 2012 file photo. Pope Francis confirmed he will visit Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America.
The pope made the announcement Nov. 17 in a speech opening an interreligious conference on traditional marriage.
"I would like to confirm that, God willing, in September 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the eighth World Meeting of Families," the pope said.

Vatican lifts ban on married priests for Eastern Catholics in diaspora

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican has lifted its ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories, including in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Pope Francis approved lifting the ban, also doing away with the provision that, in exceptional cases, Eastern Catholic bishops in the diaspora could receive Vatican approval to ordain married men. In recent years, however, some Eastern Catholic bishops went ahead with such ordinations discreetly without Vatican approval.

Jesus invites all to take risk 'of being more,' says Chicago archbishop

Archbishop Blase J. Cupich exited Holy Name Cathedral after his installation as Chicago’s new archbishop Nov.18. Archbishop Cupich was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed Cardinal Francis E. George, who retired.

CHICAGO -- At his installation as the ninth archbishop of Chicago Nov. 18, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich urged the congregation at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral to fearlessly share their faith, recognizing that God calls them "to more" and "to greater things."
Before an overflow crowd, the archbishop said he had "a bit of a panic attack" when he saw the day's Gospel reading was about Jesus walking on water and calling his disciples to follow him.

It’s official — Pope Francis to visit Philadelphia

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America.

The pope made the announcement Nov. 17 in a speech opening an interreligious conference on traditional marriage.

"I would like to confirm that, God willing, in September 2015 I will go to Philadelphia for the eighth World Meeting of Families," the pope said.

Philadelphia officially opens World Meeting of Families registration

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia formally opened its arms to the world as Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia told the U.S. Catholic bishops Nov. 10 that registration has begun for the World Meeting of Families next year in the city.

The archbishop made the announcement on the first day of the annual fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.

Church offers prayers, Mexicans express outrage for missing students

People carried banners and flags in Mexico City Nov. 9, as they take part in a protest to demand more information about the 43 missing students. They marched 112 miles from Iguala.

MEXICO CITY -- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City offered prayers in Mass Nov. 9 for Mexico's 43 missing teacher trainees, who authorities allege were captured by crooked cops, killed by organized crime and had their bodies burned.
The Mexican bishops' conference, meanwhile, issued a statement of solidarity with the families, who refuse to accept the authorities' explanations and call for their children to be brought back alive.

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