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…

Light in a dark world

The following is the sixth in a 10-part series focusing on the 10 themes of the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia. By Jean Stolpestad For The Visitor Recently, I read an article that began, “Marriage is not for you!” I have to admit that the first line really…

Trials teach family to lean on God, each other

By Bridget Ryder For The Visitor When Patricio Peña and Enriqueta Alfaro came to the United States 16 years ago, they didn’t expect to find a new home, a new family and a new vocation in the church. “We only planned to stay for two years,” Peña said, “but God had other plans. Now, he won’t…

Families need prayers, mercy, courage, including from synod, pope says

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (CNS) — Even if a pastoral proposal for helping a Catholic family with problems seems scandalous at first, it is possible God could use that proposal to bring healing and holiness, Pope Francis said. Encouraging and celebrating family life during a Mass July 6 in Guayaquil, Pope Francis asked people to pray for…

Gift of self is foundational to both married and celibate vocations

The following is the sixth in a 10-part series focusing on the 10 themes of the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia. By Sister Candace Fier For The Visitor God, in his plan of love and wisdom, has created man and woman for communion. As human beings, we find…

Kindergarten teacher is spiritual mother to many children

By Sam Patet For The Visitor Paula Dudgeon knows she made the right decision at age 29. After spending nine years with the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary of Waukesha, Wis., she discerned that God wasn’t calling her to spend her life as a religious sister. Instead, she thought he wanted her to get married and…

Top stars, Philadelphia parishioners will sing for Pope Francis

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Though thousands may be drawn to the Festival of Families Sept. 26 where Andrea Bocelli, Juanes and the Philadelphia Orchestra will be performing, local parish members may have the opportunity to grace the very same stage. Each parish choir in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been asked to nominate four members to…

Mass for archdiocese, visit to prison top pope’s Philadelphia itinerary

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — The first stop for Pope Francis when he visits Philadelphia the morning of Sept. 26 will be the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul to celebrate a special Mass for the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The previously unannounced Mass is part of the pope’s itinerary for his Philadelphia visit…

Pope’s visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In word and deed, Pope Francis will take his vision of a Catholic’s approach to family life, parish life, charity, economics, immigration and good governance to Cuba and the United States during a Sept. 19-27 visit. Visiting both Cuba and the United States on the same trip not only acknowledges his…

St. Therese’s parents to be first married couple canonized together

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The parents of St. Therese of Lisieux will be canonized at the Vatican Oct. 18, during the Synod of Bishops on the family. Louis Martin (1823-1894) and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin (1831-1877) will be the first married couple with children to be canonized in the same ceremony. Other married couples are…