Month: September 2015

  • 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. […]

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Pope Francis

    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…

  • 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…