Pope Francis focused on immigration, religious freedom, climate change and more in U.S. visit

Pope's visit to the Americas

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In his first public address in almost a year, retired Pope Benedict XVI expressed his sincere gratefulness to Pope Francis,...

Teak Phillips

The big news last month — at least for about a week — was Pope Francis' visit to our country. His three-city tour was his first trip ever to the U...

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.

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...

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.

When Gerard Gayou was invited to present the offertory gifts at St. Junipero Serra's canonization Mass, he jokingly thought to himself: Please don...

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

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis urged the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families to serve and...

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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...

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

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

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


Photos from the pope's trip

Photos from mid-day prayer at St. Matthew's Cathedral

Review photographer Lisa Johnston is in Washington, D.C. Here are some of her pictures from mid-day prayer on Sept. 23.

Canonization Mass for St. Junipero Serra

Review editor Teak Phillips was in Washington, D.C., for the canonization Mass of St. Junipero Serra. Here are some of his and other Catholic News Service photographers' pictures the Mass Sept. 24.

Other pictures from the pope's trip