PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Cars returned to downtown Philadelphia’s streets, security workers took down metal gates and passersby gathered thousands of cases of bottled water left behind on Monday following Pope Francis’ historic visit over the weekend.
The city had spent months preparing for the pope, warning residents and visitors that as many as 1.5 million people could pack into Center City for a Mass on Sunday, effectively doubling Philadelphia’s population for the day.
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis confronted the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic clergy on the final day of his first U.S. visit on Sunday, meeting with five adults abused as children and vowing to hold accountable those involved in the crimes and cover-ups.
The 78-year-old Argentine pope also celebrated Mass outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a neoclassical edifice astride a rocky hill overlooking the Schuylkill River, before hundreds of thousands of people, the largest crowd of his six-day U.S. trip.
PHILADELPHIA, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Pope Francis dove into
some of the United States’ thorniest political debates during
his historic visit by urging the world’s wealthiest nation to
welcome immigrants, to end homelessness and do more to address
Sometimes his political messages were blunt, like when he
pleaded before the U.S. Congress for Americans to end
“hostility” toward immigrants. Other times, they were more
subtle, like the climate-conscious pope’s decision to ride
around in a tiny Fiat rather than a gas-guzzling SUV.
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis took time out from the crowds in Philadelphia on Sunday to visit a prison, telling inmates that all people need to be “cleansed” and they should not view their confinement as exclusion from society.
Meeting 60 men and 11 women prisoners in a drab room at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, the Argentine-born pope stressed their time behind bars was meant to rehabilitate them. He then shook hands with each inmate, blessing all and hugging some who rose to greet him.
PHILADELPHIA, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Pope Francis was set to
meet with his bishops and a group of inmates at a Pennsylvania
prison on Sunday before saying Mass for an expected crowd of 1.5
million people on the final day of his historic visit to the
The first Latin American pope has focused his first U.S.
trip on immigration, urging Americans to lay aside their
“hostility” to newcomers and addressing adoring crowds of Latino
Catholics in his native Spanish.
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis, speaking in America’s birthplace on Saturday, offered stout words of support to Hispanic and other immigrants in the United States, telling them not to be discouraged at a time when some prominent politicians are directing hostility toward them.
The 78-year-old Argentine pontiff toured Independence Hall in Philadelphia before addressing a crowd estimated at more than 40,000 outside the 18th century red brick building where basic American liberties were proclaimed and where independence from Britain was declared.
A majority of Americans agree with Pope Francis’ call for world leaders to do more to combat climate change, with more than twice as many supporting the pope’s message on the environment as opposing it, according to a poll released on Friday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pope Francis, leading a multi-faith prayer service at the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, on Friday called on people to embrace diversity and resist attempts to impose uniformity.
Earlier in a speech to the United Nations, he condemned the persecution of religious minorities and the destruction of cultural heritage, a clear reference to the actions of Islamic State militants in Syria.
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Friday
strongly condemned the craving for material gains and power,
telling world leaders gathered at the United Nations that greed
is destroying the Earth’s resources and aggravating poverty.
“A selfish and boundless thirst for power and material
prosperity leads both to the misuse of available natural
resources and to the exclusion of the weak and disadvantaged,”
he said in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pope Francis goes to the United Nations on Friday to address global leaders on the need to help refugees fleeing wars and plea for greater attention to the world’s poor and downtrodden.
The pope arrived in New York on Thursday night from Washington after urging Congress to help heal many of the nation’s divisive wounds such as the current heated political battle over immigration.