Benedict XVI

Pope Francis moving church 'always forward'

Seven years ago, I began a journey that brought me into contact with the head of the Catholic church and led to my start as a religion columnist for the Carroll County Times. Pope Benedict XVI arrived at Catholic University of America, just as I was beginning my academic career there, to give an important speech on the state of Catholic education. On Wednesday, I returned full circle with my second papal visit just as my time at the university begins to wind down. Pope Francis arrived for the Canonization Mass of Blessed Junípero Serra on Wednesday, and, like the Fransican friar Serra, Francis came to convert the peoples of America back to the ways of Christ. Saint Serra was a...