Two New Jersey teens were set to embark Tuesday on the biggest journey of their lives – a trip to Rome to be confirmed into the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis himself.
Pope Francis has named eight cardinals from around the world to advise him on reforming and running the Catholic church.
Francis delivered a plea for peace in his first Easter Sunday message to the world, decrying the seemingly endless conflicts in the Middle East and on the Korean peninsula after celebrating Mass along with more than 250,000 faithful.
Pope Francis has inspired excitement not only among the Roman Catholic community, but also the Islamic community, because of the pope’s outreach.
St. Peter’s Square overflowed with some 250,000 pilgrims, tourists and Romans eager to join the new pope at the start of solemn Holy Week ceremonies, which lead up to Easter, Christianity’s most important day.
He missed St. Patrick’s Day, but Cardinal Dolan returned home in time for Easter. After 23 days in Rome, Dolan’s status as a Catholic Church leader has risen to new heights.
Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest, mapping out a clear focus of his priorities as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis delivered off-the-cuff remarks about God’s power to forgive instead of reading from a written speech for the first Sunday window appearance of his papacy.
Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, will be leading the U.S. delegation to the Vatican to watch the investiture ceremony.
Prior to meeting with the press Pope Francis prayed privately in the Vatican Gardens. He ended Saturday’s audience with a blessing for journalists and their families.
Joseph Artuso crafted a sugary salute to the Holy Father – an image of Pope Francis printed with food coloring ink on sugar paper atop a black and white cookie.
Pope Francis is largely expected to stay the course when it comes to issues like abortion and homosexuality, but his background suggests a possible shift to the left on matters concerning world economic policy.
Francis showed how different he would be as a pastor, giving an off-the-cuff homily about the need to walk with God, build up his church and confess and at one point, referring to children building sand castles on the beach.
Reverend Luke Sweeney from the Archdiocese of New York joined The Couch, alongside TV 10-55’s Mary Calvi, who has covered the Church extensively.
Excitement and curiosity filled the hearts of Catholics attending morning Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Port Chester.