In Philly, a reminder that combatting poverty is also a family issue

Joe Towalski, editor of The Visitor, is traveling with the diocesan pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. By Joe Towalski The Visitor As you can imagine, the World Meeting of Families, with its approximately 20,000 participants from more than 100 countries, is a good venue for vendors selling WMF and papal souvenirs,…

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…

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…

‘Thrilled’ at news of papal visit, Philadelphia Catholics thinking big

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — After the historic announcement by Pope Francis that he will visit Philadelphia next September, the reality of the challenges and joys of the event is sinking in for planners, civic officials and ordinary Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It will be a “once-in-a-lifetime chance for Philadelphia to shine,” Daniel Hilferty called…