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Pope Francis visits the U.S.

Pope Francis visited the U.S. in September 2015. He stopped in Washington, D.C., where he addressed Congress, New York and Philadephia. 

  • With Pope Francis, Catholicism has a new brand -- an everyman's pope

    With Pope Francis, Catholicism has a new brand -- an everyman's pope

    Among the memorable images from Pope Francis' visit to the United States are the pontiff addressing Congress, celebrating Mass at Madison Square Garden and standing before Independence Hall. Then there's the black Fiat hatchback. The 1.4-liter model 500L starts at $19,345 and gets 33 miles per...

  • Pope to prisoners: 'I am here as a pastor, but above all as a brother'

    Pope to prisoners: 'I am here as a pastor, but above all as a brother'

    Jennifer Millar sat thinking about the strangeness of it all. After a hard-knocks life that included abuse and 22 years of cocaine addiction, she landed in jail on a drug charge and, when a paperwork snafu delayed her release, found herself a few feet from Pope Francis. Millar, 37, of Philadelphia...

  • Pope Francis through a U.S. Catholic prism

    Pope Francis through a U.S. Catholic prism

    Pope Francis in his first trip to the United States has spoken boldly about the need for change — in the way we treat the environment, immigrants and the poorest among us. With messages that resonated beyond those of his faith, he seemed well aware that the future of Roman Catholicism may depend...

  • Far from soaring cathedrals, prisoners await Pope Francis' message of hope

    Far from soaring cathedrals, prisoners await Pope Francis' message of hope

    Ed Gilchrist grew up in the rough Philly neighborhood of Kensington, dealing drugs “as soon as I was old enough to count money.” Now serving his second jail stretch, for a marijuana bust, he’s about to experience something that more solid citizens could never hope for — an audience with Pope Francis....

  • Crowd protests tent blocking view at pope's Mass -- look what happened

    Crowd protests tent blocking view at pope's Mass -- look what happened

    Thousands of faithful pilgrims traveled for miles, waited hours at security checkpoints and vied for the best spots to see the pope's Mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway--expected to be the largest event during his U.S. trip. Then a big white tent was erected.  Shortly before 1 p.m. EDT, a white party...

  • In Philadelphia, Pope Francis offers words of strength and hope to nation's immigrants

    In Philadelphia, Pope Francis offers words of strength and hope to nation's immigrants

    Speaking on the steps of Independence Hall, birthplace of the American nation, Pope Francis reached out warmly to the country's Latinos, telling immigrants to stay strong and to “never be ashamed” of their cultural heritage. The son of an Italian immigrant to Argentina, the first pontiff born in...

  • Pope Francis is releasing a rock album called 'Wake Up!'

    Pope Francis is releasing a rock album called 'Wake Up!'

    The "pope of surprises" just threw another curveball: He's dropping an album later this year. Pope Francis will spread his message via a Vatican-approved album titled "Wake Up!" It's available for pre-order on iTunes. The "prog-rock" album is a collaboration with digital distribution company Believe...

  • Spend a day with the #PopeinPhilly: Scenes from a jubilant city

    Spend a day with the #PopeinPhilly: Scenes from a jubilant city

    Pope Francis arrived in Philadelphia on Saturday on the final leg of his first visit to the U.S. It is a city with a long history of Catholic traditions, as Archbishop Charles Chaput put it when he welcomed the pope. “This is a city that would change its name to ‘Francisville’ today if we could...

  • Transcript: Pope Francis' speech at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia

    Transcript: Pope Francis' speech at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia

    This morning I learned something about the history of this beautiful Cathedral: the story behind its high walls and windows. I would like to think, though, that the history of the Church in this city and state is really a story not about building walls, but about breaking them down. It is a story...

  • In South Philly, the faithful pray for a visit from Pope Francis

    In South Philly, the faithful pray for a visit from Pope Francis

    Anyone of a certain age in South Philly can tell you how it felt to see the motorcade of Pope John Paul II on Broad Street in 1979. And if they were too young to remember, they will tell you what their parents or grandparents told them and point to a family photograph. Signs appeared on Broad Street...

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