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Pope Francis talked with Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, as he left a session of the synod Oct. 24 at the Vatican.
October 28, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- While not specifically mentioning the controversial proposal of a path toward full reconciliation and Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, members of the Synod of Bishops on the family handed Pope Francis a report emphasizing an obligation to...

October 26, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Australian Cardinal George Pell said the final report of the Synod of Bishops on the family didn't create an opening for the divorced and civilly remarried to receive Communion.

Other synod members took a different view and acknowledged that the...

Pope Francis waved as he left a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family Oct. 24 at the Vatican.
October 26, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- The first task of the Catholic Church "is not to hand down condemnations or anathemas, but to proclaim the mercy of God," Pope Francis told members of the Synod of Bishops on the family.

At the end of the synod's final working session Oct. 24, Pope...

Pope Francis greeted the crowd as he arrived to lead his general audience Oct. 21 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope dedicated his catechesis to the promise of love and fidelity made between a husband and wife.
October 21, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Bring honor back to keeping one's promises, which must be made in full freedom and kept by making sacrifices, Pope Francis said.

The beauty of love and promises is that they are carried out in freedom, he said at his weekly general audience Oct. 21...

U.S. Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago participated in prayer at the start of a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family attended by Pope Francis Oct. 9 at the Vatican.
October 14, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- From newspaper headlines and social media comments Oct. 12 it seemed there was a family feud going on inside the Synod of Bishops on the family.

Some cardinals -- apparently 13 of the 74 cardinals participating in the synod -- wrote Pope Francis a...

Pope Francis greeted the crowd at his general audience Oct. 14 in St. Peter’s Square. Before beginning his catechesis, the pope said, “I would like — in the name of the Church — to ask your forgiveness for the scandals which have occurred recently both in Rome and at the Vatican. I ask your forgiveness.”
October 14, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- With 30,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis asked forgiveness for scandals that have occurred within the church recently.

"Before beginning my catechesis, I would like -- in the name of the Church -- to ask your forgiveness for...

Pope Francis placed his zucchetto on Salvatore Sessa’s head at his general audience Oct. 7 in St. Peter’s Square. The pope said that when families mirror God’s love for all, they teach the Church how it should relate to all people.
October 08, 2015

VATICAN CITY — Society and the Church have much to learn from the family and, in fact, the bond between the Church and the family is "indissoluble," Pope Francis said.

Families bring needed values and a humanizing spirit to society and, when they mirror God's love...

October 05, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- The world Synod of Bishops on the family is not a parliament where participants will negotiate or lobby, Pope Francis said, but it must be a place of prayer where bishops speak with courage and open themselves to "God who always surprises us."

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Brett Haubrich who was “Priest for a Day” as part of his “Make a Wish,” was invited to attend the papal Mass closing the World Meeting of Families. He hugged his mother, Eileen, after seeing the pope. His father, Conrad Haubrich, stood by.
October 01, 2015

Brett Haubrich of "Priest for a Day" fame met a special person on his trip to Philadelphia on the last weekend of September.

But that certain someone wore neither a white cassock nor a white zucchetto. Nor did he answer to "Jorge."

So it wasn't Pope Francis...

Pope Francis visited St. Patrick Church in the City in Washington, D.C., and met with the poor who have received help from Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
September 30, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- The family is the answer to the two extremes facing the world -- fragmentation and "homogenization," in which everything is forced to be the same, Pope Francis said.

The family based on marriage between a man and a woman is the answer because "it...

September 30, 2015

In his address to Congress on Sept. 24, Pope Francis touched on familiar topics -- the poor, immigration, the sanctity of life, religious freedom, the environment.

However, the lasting impact of his historic speech might not be so much what he said but the venue...

Pope Francis prayed the Kyrie at the Mass to close the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
September 30, 2015

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis urged the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families to serve and care for each other as freely as God loves the human family.

The pope called upon the faithful to embrace signs that...

Gerard Gayou, left, was a gift bearer for the papal Mass of Canonization of St. Junipero Serra Sept. 23. Gayou is a 2012 graduate of St. Louis University High School and currently attends George Washington University.
September 30, 2015

When Gerard Gayou was invited to present the offertory gifts at St. Junipero Serra's canonization Mass, he jokingly thought to himself: Please don't let me trip.

Gayou, a 2012 St. Louis University High School graduate and now 22-year-old senior at George...

Many babies were kissed by Pope Francis along parade routes in Philadelphia, including this one as he approached Independence Mall. The pope spoke about immigration and religious freedom to an estimated crowd of 50,000.
September 30, 2015

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis ended his trip to the United States with a call for Catholics to keep the enthusiasm of the visit, while continuing to welcome newcomers and care for creation.

"Do not let your enthusiasm for Jesus, His Church, our families, and the...

Pilgrims from the Archdiocese of St. Louis attended the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on a pilgrimage with the archdiocesan Office of Laity and Family Life. Thousands of people attended the Mass.
September 30, 2015

Being with families from across the globe at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia was a thrill for the pilgrims from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Julie Bostick, executive director of the archdiocese's Office of Laity and Family Life, said the diverse...

Pope Francis waved to the crowd as he arrived to celebrate the closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families.
September 28, 2015

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis speaks often about memory and motion, the importance of remembering where you came from and setting off without fear to share the Gospel.

That's what he did in the United States. He circled the Statue of Liberty in a helicopter and...

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