President Trump Meets Pope Francis at Vatican

U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis held a 30-minute meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday, underscoring the emphasis during the first presidential foreign trip on the three Abrahamic (monotheistic) faiths. The two men, meting for the first time, shook hands. The pope appeared somber. The president grinned. “It’s a very great honor,” Trump said to… Read the rest of this entry »

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Pope shocked by ‘diabolical’ deadly attack on Yemen care home

Pope-FrancisVATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has slammed as “diabolical” an attack on an elderly care home in Yemen which killed at least 16 people, including four nuns, the Vatican said Saturday. “His Holiness Pope Francis was shocked and profoundly saddened to learn of the killing of four Missionaries of Charity and 12 others at a home… Read the rest of this entry »

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Pope to prisoners: ‘I am here as a pastor, but above all as a brother’

assetContentPHILADELPHIA — Jennifer Millar sat thinking about the strangeness of it all. After a hard-knocks life that included abuse and 22 years of cocaine addiction, she landed in jail on a drug charge and, when a paperwork snafu delayed her release, found herself a few feet from Pope Francis. Millar, 37, of Philadelphia squeezed the pope’s… Read the rest of this entry »

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Philadelphia, bids farewell to U.S.

assetContentWith a simple message of love and family, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in front of nearly a million people in Philadelphia Sunday and wrapped up his historic six-day journey to meet the American people. On a massive stage capped by a golden arc, the pope used his homily to remind the crowd that love is born… Read the rest of this entry »

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Raw: Pope Celebrates First Christmas Eve Mass

Raw: Pope Celebrates First Christmas Eve Mass (via AP Video)

Pope Francis has begun celebrating his first Christmas Eve Mass as pontiff by placing a baby Jesus statue in a replica of a manger in St. Peter’s Basilica. (Dec. 24)

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Posted: December 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Christianity, Christmas, Pope Francis | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Raw: Pope Celebrates First Christmas Eve Mass

Speaker Tasks Smith to Lead Congressional Delegation to Pope Francis Inauguration

being_introduced[1]WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaker of the House John Boehner has tasked Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and leader on many international human rights efforts, to lead the bipartisan U.S. congressional delegation to attend the investiture of former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis.

“It is an honor to lead this bipartisan group of House members to this international event,” said Smith, who chairs the House Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee. “The world is a challenging place, in terms of wars and peace, basic human rights and freedoms. The Holy Father has a major role to play in global affairs. I wish him well as he begins his pontificate and am honored to be a part of this historic occasion. The Pope is more than a spiritual leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, he is an inspiration of holiness and goodness, and above all, the faithful proclamation of the Gospel.”

While in Rome, Smith plans to meet with Vatican officials to discuss human rights issues, including human trafficking, religious freedom and culture of life issues. He expects to meet with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, The Vatican; Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; Cardinal Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, and two of the top U.S. prelates, New York City’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

In selecting Smith, Boehner said: “I’m pleased Congressman Smith and this bipartisan group of Members will join the Vice President in communicating the prayers and warm regards of the American people to Pope Francis as he begins his papacy.”

The Smith co-del to the Vatican will also include Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), Jim Langevin (D-RI), Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).

Posted: March 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Catholic Church, Chris Smith, Congress, Pope Francis, Press Release | Tags: , | 3 Comments »