U.S. Catholics support pope, see need to embrace ‘new balance’ in politics

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis enjoys extremely high levels of support among Catholic likely voters and that support could reshape the Catholic Church’s engagement on political and social issues, a new poll reveals. Undertaken by the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America and Faith in Public Life, the…

Cuba’s Granma says papal visit will confirm good relations with Vatican

HAVANA (CNS) — Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba starting this weekend “will confirm the good state of relations” between the Holy See and the Cuban government, officials wrote in an editorial in the state-run Granma newspaper. “He will notice our patriotism and the arduous and fruitful force of our nation to exalt the human person,…

Schedule: 2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America

Here is the schedule for Pope Francis’ September 2015 Apostolic Journey to the United States of America as released by the Vatican on June 30, 2015.  All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. Tuesday, September 22 (Washington, DC) 4:00 p.m.    Arrival from Cuba at Joint Base Andrews Wednesday, September 23 (Washington, DC) 9:15  a.m.  Welcome…

New USA Catholic Church app offers exclusive coverage of papal visit

WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Catholic Church leaders have launched the USA Catholic Church mobile app offering exclusive coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. Sept. 22-27. “This is the most comprehensive virtual connection to the Catholic faith available,” said Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, chairman-elect of the Committee on Communications of the U.S. Conference of…

Pope Francis’ U.N. address comes on the foundation of his predecessors

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis’ address to the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 25 will mark the fifth papal speech delivered directly to representatives of the world’s governments. His address will come almost 50 years to the day — Oct. 4, 1965 — when Blessed Paul VI became the first pontiff to speak to the General…

Cuban bishop: Pope’s visit comes at time of hope for people

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CNS) — Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba is a sign of his closeness to the nation’s people at a time they “breathe the air of hope” that relations with the U.S. will improve, said Bishop Wilfredo Pino Estevez of Guantanamo-Baracoa. “It’s not easy to live at odds with your next door…

Trip through Central Park added to pope’s New York itinerary

NEW YORK (CNS) — Pope Francis will get a glimpse of leafy Central Park and thousands of waving New Yorkers Sept. 25 when he makes “a historic procession” through the urban landmark, according to the city’s mayor. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sept 1 the pope will ride along the West Drive of the park…