Many prayers and dollars help Francis Fund ‘undo the knots of poverty’

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — For weeks, Catholics had been streaming to the “Knotted Grotto,” a dome-shaped lattice-work frame outside the chapel of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, tying white strips of paper offering prayers for healing of sick friends and relatives, world peace, protection of the environment, the elimination of poverty…

Media ‘gets’ and media ‘hits’ noted in wake of papal visit

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just as Pope Francis got what he wanted from his apostolic journey to the United States in a close-up view of American Catholicism at its most compassionate and energetic, so too did the media covering Pope Francis largely get what they sought in covering his six-day September visit in the form of…

Pilgrim snapshots

Thirty-six pilgrims from around the Diocese of St. Cloud traveled to Philadelphia Sept. 22-28 for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit to the city. The following are brief reflections from some of the pilgrims: “Pope Francis was the highlight of our week in Philadelphia. Our hope and prayer was to be able…

Pope’s remarks seen as a road map of urgent actions for U.N. to take

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — In the warm afterglow of Pope Francis’ Sept 25 address to the General Assembly, veteran United Nations observers drew a starkly candid road map of urgent actions that the world body must take to achieve its security agenda. Speakers at an Oct. 7 side event hosted by the Holy See’s permanent…

Latino couple gleans hope from pre-conference meeting

The Visitor For Mario and Alejandra Mancilla, Pelican Rapids is mission territory. The couple, members of St. Leonard Parish, are not missionaries in the traditional sense of those who bring the Good News to a foreign land. Their work is focused at home, offering continuing education and formation in a parish and diocese with a…

Adventure to see pope leads to deeper realization about church

By Joe Towalski Editor/The Visitor It’s hard to match the excitement of seeing the pope in person and up close. He is, after all, the vicar of Christ on earth, a leader beloved by billions who serves as the conscience of humankind. Who else can claim that? So, when you get the chance, you don’t…

Vatican refuses comment on reports Kentucky clerk met pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican has refused to comment on reports that while in Washington, Pope Francis briefly met with Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses. Davis, the elected clerk of Rowan County, initially refused to grant marriage licenses to gay couples and then…

Pope urges U.S. Catholics to keep enthusiasm, welcome newcomers

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — 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 broader family of society run dry,” Pope Francis said…