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  • In silence, pope remembers those who cross Mexican-U.S. border
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico  -- At the border of Mexico and the United States, Pope Francis blessed a large cross in memory of all the people who have crossed the frontier.
  • A mile from the altar, Deacons were close to God and His people
    Nothing makes a once-in-a-lifetime event even more impactful than sharing it with your brothers. Seven men, ordained to the permanent deaconate in 2014, journeyed together to Philadelphia Sept. 27 to participate in what proved to be a milestone in their brotherhood in ministry: the Papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to close the World Meeting of Families.
  • One bread, one body, over 300,000 Communion Hosts
    It was one of the largest open-air Masses in the history of the United States. For a handful of priests from the Diocese of Trenton who concelebrated Mass with the Holy Father, the immense scale – and the personal encounters – will be memories of a lifetime.
  • St. Charles Borromeo seminarians show their love for most distinguished visitor
    As Pope Francis stepped out of his black Fiat Sept. 26 amid cheers of “Viva il Papa!” outside of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, in Wynnewood, Pa., months of preparation came to fruition.
  • Independence Hall speech highlights religious liberty, respect for immigrants
    In front of historic Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed 239 years prior, Pope Francis spoke on the inalienable rights to life and liberty and issued a summons to protect the dignity of all.
  • Flying Pope Francis -- St. Paul parishioner honored to fly 'Shepherd One'

    Captain Thomas Murray, member of St. Paul Parish, Princeton, and pilot for American Airlines, knew from a very early age that he wanted to be a pilot – proving his determination by flying in gliders at age 12 and single-engine planes by 16.

    He could have never anticipated, however, being asked decades later to be second-in-command aboard a plane carrying the Holy Father.

    Like his predecessors, Pope Francis’s transportation from state to state during his first visit to the United States would be aboard a flight chartered by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from American Airlines.

    Flown by American Airlines personnel, including Murray, the Boeing 777-200 aircraft traveled under the Federal Administration Aviation-approved call sign “Shepherd One.” 

  • Diocesan presence in Philly adds to enthusiasm for WMOF papal events
    Throughout Philadelphia, and along the Francis Festival grounds, crowds gathered Sept. 27 around Jumbotrons to catch a glimpse of the Holy Father making his way to the site of his 4 p.m. Mass officially closing the World Meeting of Families.
  • Serve, care for each other, Pope tells families at closing Mass
    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.
  • Pope meets with clergy abuse victims, says crimes can't be secret

    PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis met with a group of survivors of sexual abuse Sept. 27 and later told bishops that he was overwhelmed by a sense of embarrassment and was committed to holding accountable those who harmed children.

  • POPE IN PHILADELPHIA: Pope delights Philly crowd with spontaneous talk on families
    PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis threw away a prepared text and, to the delight of tens of thousands of people on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, spoke from the heart about the challenges and love that come with being part of a family.
  • POPE IN PHILADELPHIA: At Independence Hall, Pope offers words of encouragement to immigrants
    In his initial remarks, and indeed throughout his entire speech, the pope acknowledged Philadelphia as the place where “the freedoms which define this country were first proclaimed.” He pointed out that the rights for which the early Americans fought so hard, have to consistently be “re-affirmed, re-appropriated, and defended.”
  • St. Charles Borromeo seminarians show their love to most distinguished visitor
    Pope Francis stepped out of his black Fiat amid cheers of “vive Papa” by seminarians in St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood.
  • POPE IN PHILADELPHIA: 'Let freedom ring!' Respect for rights helps society, pope says
    PHILADELPHIA  -- Not far from where the Liberty Bell is on display, Pope Francis urged the people of the United States to continue to "proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof," as the bell's inscription says.
  • POPE IN PHILADELPHIA: Grotto highlights needs of poor, image of Mary as 'Undoer of Knots'
    PHILADELPHIA -- In front of Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul stands a visible representation of Pope Francis' favorite religious image: "Mary, Undoer of Knots."
  • POPE IN PHILADELPHIA: City of Brotherly Love welcomes Holy Father
    PHILADELPHIA  -- Pope Francis encouraged Pennsylvania's Catholic clergy and women and men religious to challenge young people to develop "high ideals, generosity of spirit and love for Christ and the church."
  • Parish community sends its own to Philadelphia on wings of prayer
    On Sept. 27, the voices of the Papal Choir will ring out, 500-strong, in hymns of praise over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, during Mass with Pope Francis.
  • PHILADELPHIA -- When Pope Francis visits America, he'll meet a president, governors, Catholic prelates and ordinary folks. He'll also meet a queen.
  • With Pope Francis arriving in the United States earlier this week, organizers are putting the final touches on details of his visit to Philadelphia, as well as the various festivities marking the momentous occasion.
  • Countdown to World Meeting, Papal Visit in Philly
    Preparations are underway in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, and in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York for the visit of Pope Francis. Organizers have launched a special website for the momentous occasions,, and the constantly updated web platform includes everything you need to know about the events.
  • Diocesan seminarians prepare for holy Roman houseguest
    Just like any family welcoming a houseguest, the men in St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa., are watching their home get tidied up – walls repainted, furniture replaced, carpets cleaned, the campus grounds looking even more spotless than usual.
  • The Diocese of Trenton has just been provided with a small number of passes for a reserved “standing” section during the Holy Father’s visit to Philadelphia.
  • Preparations are underway in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, and in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York for the visit of Pope Francis. Organizers have launched a special website for the momentous occasions,, and the constantly updated Web platform includes everything you need to know about the events.
  • Keepsake book, DVD to chronicle fall events
    While the World Meeting of Families and the papal visit will not take place until next month, organizers are already offering faithful and fans alike the chance to learn more about the various keepsake items that will be produced to help preserve the memory of the historic events.
  • PHILADELPHIA -- Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and other officials Aug. 5 described road closures, traffic restrictions and other transportation details for Pope Francis' September visit to the city.
  • Technical problems forced the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to delay the sale of special regional rail service passes for the visit of Pope Francis, Sept. 26 and 27, and officials are still trying to identify a way to restore sales and accommodate the high demand.

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