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St. Charles Borromeo seminarians show their love for most distinguished visitor
Thumbs Up for Francis • Monitor photographer Craig Pittelli captured Rev. Mr. Richard Osborn, a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Trenton, giving the “thumbs-up” as he and fellow seminarians await the arrival of Pope Francis to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa., Sept. 26.
Thumbs Up for Francis • Monitor photographer Craig Pittelli captured Rev. Mr. Richard Osborn, a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Trenton, giving the “thumbs-up” as he and fellow seminarians await the arrival of Pope Francis to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa., Sept. 26.
As Pope Francis stepped out of his black Fiat Sept. 26 amid cheers of “Viva il Papa!” outside of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, in Wynnewood, Pa., months of preparation came to fruition. More ...
Friday, October 2, 2015

In silence, pope remembers those who cross Mexican-U.S. border
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico  -- At the border of Mexico and the United States, Pope Francis blessed a large cross in memory of all the people who have crossed the frontier. More ...
Thursday, February 18, 2016
A mile from the altar, Deacons were close to God and His people
Nothing makes a once-in-a-lifetime event even more impactful than sharing it with your brothers. Seven men, ordained to the permanent deaconate in 2014, journeyed together to Philadelphia Sept. 27 to participate in what proved to be a milestone in their brotherhood in ministry: the Papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to close the World Meeting of Families. More ...
Saturday, October 3, 2015
One bread, one body, over 300,000 Communion Hosts
It was one of the largest open-air Masses in the history of the United States. For a handful of priests from the Diocese of Trenton who concelebrated Mass with the Holy Father, the immense scale – and the personal encounters – will be memories of a lifetime. More ...
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Independence Hall speech highlights religious liberty, respect for immigrants
In front of historic Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed 239 years prior, Pope Francis spoke on the inalienable rights to life and liberty and issued a summons to protect the dignity of all. More ...
Friday, October 2, 2015
Flying Pope Francis -- St. Paul parishioner honored to fly 'Shepherd One'

Captain Thomas Murray, member of St. Paul Parish, Princeton, and pilot for American Airlines, knew from a very early age that he wanted to be a pilot – proving his determination by flying in gliders at age 12 and single-engine planes by 16.

He could have never anticipated, however, being asked decades later to be second-in-command aboard a plane carrying the Holy Father.

Like his predecessors, Pope Francis’s transportation from state to state during his first visit to the United States would be aboard a flight chartered by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from American Airlines.

Flown by American Airlines personnel, including Murray, the Boeing 777-200 aircraft traveled under the Federal Administration Aviation-approved call sign “Shepherd One.” 

 
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Friday, October 2, 2015
Diocesan presence in Philly adds to enthusiasm for WMOF papal events
Throughout Philadelphia, and along the Francis Festival grounds, crowds gathered Sept. 27 around Jumbotrons to catch a glimpse of the Holy Father making his way to the site of his 4 p.m. Mass officially closing the World Meeting of Families. More ...
Serve, care for each other, Pope tells families at closing Mass
PHILADELPHIA  -- Pope Francis urged the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families to serve and care for each other as freely as God loves the human family. More ...
Pope meets with clergy abuse victims, says crimes can't be secret

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis met with a group of survivors of sexual abuse Sept. 27 and later told bishops that he was overwhelmed by a sense of embarrassment and was committed to holding accountable those who harmed children.

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POPE IN PHILADELPHIA: At Independence Hall, Pope offers words of encouragement to immigrants
In his initial remarks, and indeed throughout his entire speech, the pope acknowledged Philadelphia as the place where “the freedoms which define this country were first proclaimed.” He pointed out that the rights for which the early Americans fought so hard, have to consistently be “re-affirmed, re-appropriated, and defended.” More ...
Sunday, September 27, 2015
POPE IN PHILADELPHIA: Pope delights Philly crowd with spontaneous talk on families
PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis threw away a prepared text and, to the delight of tens of thousands of people on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, spoke from the heart about the challenges and love that come with being part of a family. More ...
Sunday, September 27, 2015
St. Charles Borromeo seminarians show their love to most distinguished visitor
Pope Francis stepped out of his black Fiat amid cheers of “vive Papa” by seminarians in St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood. More ...
POPE IN PHILADELPHIA: 'Let freedom ring!' Respect for rights helps society, pope says
PHILADELPHIA  -- Not far from where the Liberty Bell is on display, Pope Francis urged the people of the United States to continue to "proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof," as the bell's inscription says. More ...
Saturday, September 26, 2015
POPE IN PHILADELPHIA: Grotto highlights needs of poor, image of Mary as 'Undoer of Knots'
PHILADELPHIA -- In front of Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul stands a visible representation of Pope Francis' favorite religious image: "Mary, Undoer of Knots." More ...
Saturday, September 26, 2015
POPE IN PHILADELPHIA: City of Brotherly Love welcomes Holy Father
PHILADELPHIA  -- Pope Francis encouraged Pennsylvania's Catholic clergy and women and men religious to challenge young people to develop "high ideals, generosity of spirit and love for Christ and the church." More ...
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Parish community sends its own to Philadelphia on wings of prayer
On Sept. 27, the voices of the Papal Choir will ring out, 500-strong, in hymns of praise over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, during Mass with Pope Francis. More ...
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The pope and 'the queen' will lift souls at Festival of Families
PHILADELPHIA -- When Pope Francis visits America, he'll meet a president, governors, Catholic prelates and ordinary folks. He'll also meet a queen. More ...
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Details finalized for Papal Visit in Philadelphia
With Pope Francis arriving in the United States earlier this week, organizers are putting the final touches on details of his visit to Philadelphia, as well as the various festivities marking the momentous occasion. More ...
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Countdown to World Meeting, Papal Visit in Philly
Preparations are underway in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, and in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York for the visit of Pope Francis. Organizers have launched a special website for the momentous occasions, www.WorldMeeting2015.org, and the constantly updated web platform includes everything you need to know about the events. More ...
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Diocesan seminarians prepare for holy Roman houseguest
Just like any family welcoming a houseguest, the men in St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa., are watching their home get tidied up – walls repainted, furniture replaced, carpets cleaned, the campus grounds looking even more spotless than usual. More ...
Friday, September 11, 2015
Information on papal passes
The Diocese of Trenton has just been provided with a small number of passes for a reserved “standing” section during the Holy Father’s visit to Philadelphia. More ...
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Plans ramp up in Philly
Preparations are underway in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, and in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York for the visit of Pope Francis. Organizers have launched a special website for the momentous occasions, www.WorldMeeting2015.org, and the constantly updated Web platform includes everything you need to know about the events. More ...
Friday, August 28, 2015
Keepsake book, DVD to chronicle fall events
While the World Meeting of Families and the papal visit will not take place until next month, organizers are already offering faithful and fans alike the chance to learn more about the various keepsake items that will be produced to help preserve the memory of the historic events. More ...
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Philadelphia officials discuss transportation details for papal visit
PHILADELPHIA -- Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and other officials Aug. 5 described road closures, traffic restrictions and other transportation details for Pope Francis' September visit to the city. More ...
Thursday, August 6, 2015
SEPTA: Sale of Phila. rail passes for papal visit won't be restored this week
Technical problems forced the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to delay the sale of special regional rail service passes for the visit of Pope Francis, Sept. 26 and 27, and officials are still trying to identify a way to restore sales and accommodate the high demand. More ...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Top stars, Philadelphia parishioners will sing for Pope Francis
PHILADELPHIA -- Though thousands may be drawn to the Festival of Families Sept. 26 where Andrea Bocelli, Juanes and the Philadelphia Orchestra will be performing, local parish members may have the opportunity to grace the very same stage. More ...
Friday, July 3, 2015
Mass for archdiocese, visit to prison top pope's Philadelphia itinerary
PHILADELPHIA -- The first stop for Pope Francis when he visits Philadelphia the morning of Sept. 26 will be the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul to celebrate a special Mass for the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. More ...
Thursday, July 2, 2015



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