Commentaries

The shoes of the fisherman on the feet of Francis

Catholic University President John Garvey believes we noticed the visit of Pope Francis last week so clearly because he paid so little attention to outward show.

At St. Junipero canonization Mass, a free-wheeling joy

Maureen Pratt saw the link from Pope Francis to Junipero Serra in the seminarians and novices at the Mass in Washington, and a tangible delight in meeting new faces and faith-graced love.

Joys of the papal visit weren’t just about the pope

Catholic Philly.com's editor writes the excitement of seeing Pope Francis among us last week tapped into a need to notice God in the world around us, and what happens when we do so.

Lesson for synod seen in joy evident at World Meeting of Families

It's difficult to forget Pope Francis' passionate Sept. 26 speech, his gestures and the tone of his voice when he addressed the value of the family in Philadelphia.

Pope Francis: a model ministry

It is not every day that a Jewish kid gets to sit with the Holy Father. A rabbi speaking with the pope in New York last week reflects on what was otherwise a quiet week on the Jewish calendar.

Queen of Peace Parish hosts Tennessee pilgrims during papal events

A couple opened their home for the weekend to 12 men and women, part of a group of 47 who came to the Ardsley parish. “We had bedding all over the place,” said Ray Re. "We consider them our dear friends now,” said his wife Beth.

Six families received Gospels from pope at Philadelphia Mass

In addition to sending thousands of copies of the Gospel of Luke, the Vatican is providing 6,000 Syrian families with heating assistance during the upcoming winter.

Street cop says crowds for pope prompted frustration, but excitement too

Anyone who attended the pope's visit to Philadelphia Sept. 26-27 could not help but notice the massive security apparatus that was set up around the events.

Watching papal Mass in their church, parishioners join in spirit

While thousands of people attended the papal Mass last Sunday in Philadelphia, many other Catholics across the archdiocese stayed close to home to view the Mass on a widescreen TV in their parish church.

Virginia infant, clad in a tilma, gets kiss, blessing from Pope Francis

For the three nights leading up to the pope's arrival in Washington, Iris Chavez, 25, worked on a tilma for her 5-month-old son, Loukas, to wear to see the pope along Constitution Avenue.