Serve people, not ideology, pope tells Cubans at Havana Mass

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service As Cubans finally face the prospects of calmer relationships and greater ease of communication and commerce with the United States, Pope Francis told the Cuban people that love and service, not anyone’s ideology, are the keys to their happiness. “We do not serve ideas, we serve people,” the pope…

Cardinals with role in U.S.-Cuba deal present at Havana Mass

HAVANA (CNS) — Pope Francis, celebrating his first Mass in Cuba, was flanked by three cardinals who, with him, have been credited with helping seal the deal between the United States and Cuba to move toward normalizing relations. Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino of Havana was the host of the Mass Sept. 20 in Havana’s…

Pope arrives in Cuba calling for freedom, better U.S.-Cuba relations

HAVANA (CNS) — Pope Francis began his visit to Cuba praying for greater freedom for the island’s people and calling on U.S. and Cuban politicians to continue moving toward fully normal and neighborly relations. Meeting President Raul Castro and speaking before a small crowd at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport Sept. 19, Pope Francis said…

Benedictine priest writes psalm for prayers with pope in D.C.

When the Catholic bishops of the United States gather for midday prayer with Pope Francis Sept. 23 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., they will sing a psalm written by Benedictine Father Anthony Ruff, a monk of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville. The psalm is the first of three psalms of the office, following…

Comprehensive media coverage expected for papal visit to U.S.

NEW YORK (CNS) — “All Francis, All the Time” could be the motto for media coverage of Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States Sept. 22-27. Across network and cable television, satellite radio, the Web and social media, Catholics and the public at large will enjoy a feast of viewing and listening opportunities. Offered…

Cardboard cutout of pope takes tour of Catholic sites in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — Mayor Jim Schmitt’s 2014 invitation to Pope Francis to visit Green Bay sounded like a lark or pipe dream to some people. It was right around March 1, 2014 — a month before April Fool’s Day — when the city’s mayor wrote his letter to Pope Francis. “During your visit…

Migration, freedom, ecology to be topics on pope trip, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Arriving in the United States from Cuba, Pope Francis “will enter as a migrant” as millions of people have done before him, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state. The cardinal, who will accompany the pope on his Sept. 19-27 visits to Cuba, the United States and the United Nations,…