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Editorial | Pope Francis stresses family life, need to be one Church everywhere

Pope Francis grabbed our attention when he visited the United States in September, and he's done it again with his visit to Mexico.

On Feb. 15 in Tuxlia Gutierrez, Mexico, Pope Francis said family life is not always easy and often is a struggle, but he pleaded for perseverance, saying family life was one of the solutions to increasing isolation and uncertainty and its unintended consequences.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Meeting reporters on plane, pope defends his teaching on social issues

Pope Francis answered journalists' questions on the plane from Cuba to the United States.

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM CUBA -- Pope Francis defended his position on the economy, the environment and other social issues as faithful repetitions of the basic Catholic social doctrine.

Speaking to reporters flying with him from Cuba to Washington Sept. 22, the pope was asked about comments, mainly from the United States, claiming the pope is a communist and about the Newsweek headline, "Is the pope Catholic?"

"I am certain I have never said anything more than what is in the social doctrine of the Church," he responded. "I follow the Church and in this, I do not think I am wrong."

Be shepherds concerned only for God and others, pope tells U.S. bishops

Pope Francis addressed bishops at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON -- Acknowledging the real challenges and burdens the
U.S. bishops face in their ministry, Pope Francis shared with them his
own experience as a pastor and urged them to keep their eyes focused on
Jesus and their hearts open to others.

"Woe to us," he said, "if
we make of the cross a banner of worldly struggles and fail to realize
that the price of lasting victory is allowing ourselves to be wounded
and consumed."

The 78-year-old pope met the U.S. bishops Sept. 23
in Washington's Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle for midday prayer.

Pope canonizes Junipero Serra, says faith is alive only when shared

Pope Francis swung a censer at the canonization Mass of St. Junipero Serra Sept. 23 outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. About 25,000 people attended the canonization Mass.

WASHINGTON -- Canonizing the 18th-century Spanish missionary, Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis insisted a person's faith is alive only when it is shared.

Celebrating a late afternoon Mass outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Sept. 23, the pope declared the holiness of St. Junipero, founder of a string of missions in California.

Pope, 'son of immigrant family,' tells Obama he's ready to learn in U.S.

Pope Francis and U.S. President Barack applauded during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Sept. 23

WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis introduced himself to President Barack Obama and all people of the United States as a "son of an immigrant family" arriving in the United States for the first time to learn from others and to share from his own experience.

In a country the pope said he knows was "largely built" by immigrant families, he made his debut speech to Americans Sept. 23 on the South Lawn of the White House with some 20,000 people in attendance.

Pope Francis arrives in U.S. to begin three-city visit

Pope Francis greeted U.S. President Barack Obama after landing at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- Pope Francis arrived in the United States the late afternoon of Sept. 22 to begin his first apostolic journey as pontiff.

His plane, an Alitalia jetliner, touched down at Joint Base Andrews near Washington at 3:51 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, nine minutes ahead of schedule.

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