Waite Park family chooses life despite obstacles

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor On May 12, Lucia Torres Ramirez and Victor Torres Limon, who are expecting their fifth child in September, headed to their local clinic for their first ultrasound. They were happy to learn that their four children, Christopher, 11, Madeline, 8, Kailynn, 5, and Hellen, 2, would soon welcome a new…

Choosing life

The following is the last installment in a series focusing on the 10 themes of the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia. By Chris Codden For The Visitor Here we are at the end of the catechesis for the World Meeting of Families. As the “Our Mission of Love”…

Back-to-school homework for students includes preparing to meet pope

NEW YORK (CNS) — Being called to the principal’s office during the school year can cause angst even among the most mischievous students. But for those who typically demonstrate their best behavior, being summoned during the summer may be more daunting. Fortunately for 24 well-behaved youngsters from four Catholic elementary schools in Harlem, such a…

Pope Francis to see ‘Homeless Jesus’ during U.S. visit

WASHINGTON — When Pope Francis approaches the Catholic Charities building in downtown Washington during his U.S. visit in September, he will encounter a “homeless person” covered in a blanket laying on a park bench.The scene actually is a sculpture. And it’s not a work of art depicting any homeless person; it’s the bronze image of…

Pope’s visit tests security forces charged with guarding his every move

WASHINGTON (CNS) — It comes as no surprise that security promises to be extremely tight everywhere Pope Francis goes during his U.S. trip in September — so tight that no one is saying much about it. The Secret Service, the lead agency developing the security plan, and local law enforcement authorities have declined or not…

Vatican U.N. representative reports high interest in papal visit

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Requests for copies of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical and the demand for tickets to see him at the United Nations indicate enthusiasm and expectations for Pope Francis’ visit are running high, said the Vatican representative. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, head of the Holy See’s permanent observer mission at the United Nations, told…

Philadelphia officials discuss transportation details for papal visit

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and other officials Aug. 5 described road closures, traffic restrictions and other transportation details for Pope Francis’ September visit to the city. The pope will be in Philadelphia the weekend of Sept. 26-27, which will conclude the Sept. 22-25 World Meeting of Families. An area described as…

House limits number allowed in chamber to hear papal address to Congress

WASHINGTON (CNS) — House members voted July 28 to limit the number of people allowed in the House Chamber Sept. 24 when Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress. The vote, which was part of a procedural measure, excludes former members of Congress and former House officers and chaplains from attending the papal address….