Pope brings Gospel of ‘encounter’ to Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK (CNS) — Seeing New York for the first time in his 78 years of life, Pope Francis said he knew Madison Square Garden was an important gathering place for sporting events and concerts. For him, it was transformed into a chapel in the heart of the Big Apple. True peace in a big…

People come first, human life is sacred, pope insists at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — Dealing with war, development, the economy or environmental concerns, bureaucrats and diplomats always must remember that the lives of real children, women and men are at stake, Pope Francis told the United Nations. Helping to celebrate the organization’s 70th anniversary, Pope Francis visited its headquarters Sept. 25 and pleaded with government…

Locals react to Pope’s address to Congress

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Before dawn on Sept. 24, spectators gathered at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., where Pope Francis spoke to a crowd of tens of thousands who were both inside and outside the Special Joint Session of the U.S. Congress. College of St. Benedict president Mary Hinton, who was invited by…

Little Sisters of the Poor get unscheduled visit from Pope Francis

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis made a previously unannounced 15-minute stop Sept. 23 at a Washington residence operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor, where he met with about 45 sisters. Sister Constance Veit, communications director for the Little Sisters, said the pope talked individually with each sister, ranging in age from novices to…

People attending a predawn Mass say Pope Francis gives them hope

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Parishioners and visitors attending the predawn bilingual Mass at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church in Washington Sept. 23 were urged to pray that the pope’s words during his U.S. visit would have an impact. Pray that “all will hear his message and that this country will receive what he says:…

At White House, hours in line for brief welcoming ceremony

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The 11,000 ticketed guests and a cast of hundreds extra — military units, musicians and federal employees — who waited on the White House lawn to greet Pope Francis Sept. 23 were clearly there as fans of the visiting pope. As the sun rose over a spectacularly blue September sky, a cross…