Facing death

All families, “without exception,” experience death, the pontiff said. Nonetheless, when it strikes a beloved family member, death never seems natural. … Whenever a family who is in mourning “finds the strength to protect the faith and the love which unites as to all those we love,” he added, “this prevents death from taking everything.…

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World Meeting takeaways

Michelle Bauman interviews Archbishop Chaput in the wake of the 2015 World Meeting of Families. At the Sunday Mass, Pope Francis announced the 2018 World Meeting would take place in Dublin. Since planning for Dublin will get underway before long, it’s worth spending a few minutes with Chaput on takeaway What do you hope that the…

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A more joyful place

Philadelphia during Pope Francis’s visit was also amazing from the perspective of returning Center City to her people. The ability to walk freely through the streets—from the Pine Streets to the avenues—was something I consciously stored in my mind in order to return to it in the future. John Gruber shared Cory Popp’s short time-lapse film (in…

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis closed out the 2015 World Meeting of Families this afternoon by celebrating Mass in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was a beautiful day, despite being somewhat overcast as Philadelphia makes its way into autumn. I was extremely fortunate to have a great seat for the Mass, and snapped these photos shortly after I…

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Pope Francis at Independence Hall

I was able to see Pope Francis today. It’s the first time I’ve seen a pope in nearly 15 years, since I was able to see Saint John Paul the Great in Rome in November 2000. After he greeted those assembled on the Mall, he was given a brief tour inside Independence Hall by the National…

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Independence and identity

Pope Francis will be speaking tomorrow on Independence Mall. I was fortunate to be able to get one ticket to the afternoon speech, which I’ve heard will focus on religious liberty, immigration, and identity in a time of globalization. It’s incredibly meaningful to me that Pope Francis will visit Independence Hall, which is a physical symbol…

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Cultural values

I attended another World Meeting of Families event tonight, this time from The Culture Project, which brought together panelists to speak to different aspects of the Culture of Life at the Loews. I’ve known a few of The Culture Project missionaries for many years, and when their organization was getting on its feet earlier this year…

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World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis arrived in Washington, DC yesterday afternoon after leaving Havana. He’ll speak to Congress tomorrow before heading to New York where he’ll address the UN General Assembly. Finally, he’ll come to Philadephia where he’ll close out the 2015 World Meeting of Families by speaking on Saturday at Independence Hall and celebrate Mass on Sunday…

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Philistines

In light of Sean Wilentz’s recent New York Times opinion piece on America’s Constitutional history, and within the context of my approach of “appreciative thinking” as a balance to excessive (and literally) critical thinkers, Rod Dreher shared something a while ago that’s been sitting in my notes: Reader Richao is tired of the ugly Americans passing philistine judgment…

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Addressing wounds directly

Pope Francis arrived in the United States this week. He’s scheduled to visit New York, Washington, and Philadelphia, where he’ll conclude the World Meeting of Families and celebrate Sunday Mass on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I’ll be there. Earlier this year Pope Francis addressed family life in a series of public…

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