Adventure to see pope leads to deeper realization about church

By Joe Towalski Editor/The Visitor It’s hard to match the excitement of seeing the pope in person and up close. He is, after all, the vicar of Christ on earth, a leader beloved by billions who serves as the conscience of humankind. Who else can claim that? So, when you get the chance, you don’t…

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,…

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’s visit to Turin will highlight shroud, young people, marginalized

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will spend two days in Turin to venerate the Shroud of Turin; meet young people, workers, juvenile detainees, immigrants and the sick; and visit with his Italian relatives from northern Italy. The papal visit June 21-22 also will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco,…

Philippine cardinal confirms pope to visit in January

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle confirmed July 29 that Pope Francis will visit Jan. 15-19, after spending several days in Sri Lanka. Church and government officials did not give details of the visit, saying instead that specifics would be released before the end of the year. The pope is expected to…