It now appears that Philadelphia will be the final stop in a three-city US that will take the pope first to Washington, DC and New York City.
Roman Catholic archbishop Charles Chaput made a rare visit to a Philadelphia prison this morning, where he presided over a special mass just for inmates and prison staff.
A veteran Vatican watcher based in our area says people shouldn’t be surprised by the 20 men Pope Francis picked over the weekend to be elevated next month.
“He’s kind of a center of unity for the whole world, whether you’re Christian or not,” Archbishop Chaput told KYW Newsradio, “so this development has been a great blessing for the world community.”
Archbishop Chaput is just back from meetings at the Vatican, where the pope confirmed a week ago he will be visiting Philadelphia at the end of next September.
The World Meeting of Families, scheduled for next September in Philadelphia, has announced an all-star lineup of speakers. Will it also include the first visit of Pope Francis to the United States?
While Philadelphia police continue to investigate last week’s attack on a gay couple in center city, federal authorities are waiting in the wings to press their own case, if warranted.
Philadelphia’s archbishop is in Rome for planning sessions for the World Meeting of Families event, scheduled for next September in Philadelphia.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia isn’t quite ready to let us take the pope’s word as gospel.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is closing a church building that had been used as a worship site since its congregation merged with another parish early last year.
And they say Archbishop Chaput’s comments of optimism don’t affect their planning for the event.
The 108-year-old Church of St. Ann in Bristol Borough, Bucks County celebrated their final mass Sunday.
A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily delayed enforcement of an order that would have imposed steep fines on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Archbishop Vincente Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, is on a factfinding mission to identify sites for the events, including possible venues that could handle a papal visit.
Speaking to reporters at City Hall upon his return, Mayor Nutter said he has no doubt that the trip he made to Rome with Archbishop Chaput and Gov. Corbett sent a clear message of their desire that the pope visit the region next year.