Latino couple gleans hope from pre-conference meeting

The Visitor For Mario and Alejandra Mancilla, Pelican Rapids is mission territory. The couple, members of St. Leonard Parish, are not missionaries in the traditional sense of those who bring the Good News to a foreign land. Their work is focused at home, offering continuing education and formation in a parish and diocese with a…

Pope Francis to speak from lectern Lincoln used for Gettysburg Address

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — As lecterns go, it is strictly utilitarian, a simple walnut stand with none of the ornamentation commonly found in mid-19th-century furnishings. Yet it has a distinguished past and is about to have a distinguished future. At a news conference Aug. 7 at the Union League of Philadelphia, Robert Ciaruffoli, president of the…

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…

Vatican exhibit to open during World Meeting of Families, papal visit

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Works of art including paintings, sculptures and rare artifacts from the Vatican will be on display just in time for the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia this September. More than 200 works of art, 40 percent of which have never been shown publicly anywhere, are…

Joy, love, solidarity draw local couples to World Meeting of Families

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Bonnie Schulzetenberg’s house is draped in red hearts every February as she prepares a special meal her kids affectionately deemed the “love feast” — a family tradition that began when she and her husband, Deacon Jim Schulzetenberg, were first married. “We weren’t always able to go out for a fancy…

Diocese organizing trip to international family gathering and papal Mass

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor A contingent of central Minnesotans will join marriage and family experts from around the world, along with Pope Francis, in Philadelphia next September for the World Meeting of Families. The conference is open to everyone, and the diocesan-organized trip aims to make the logistics easier for local Catholics who wish…

Pope confirms he will visit Philadelphia in September

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America. The pope made the announcement Nov. 17 in a speech opening an interreligious conference on traditional…

Archbishop Chaput confirms pope to visit Philadelphia in September 2015

FARGO, N.D. (CNS) — Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year, even though the Philadelphia Archdiocese still has not received official confirmation from the Vatican. Archbishop Chaput made the announcement July 24 before giving his homily during the…