Posts Tagged ‘papal visit’

Throwback Thursday: A Look Back at the Visit of Pope Francis

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The September 2015 visit of Pope Francis was an electrifying and jubilant time.  The excitement for our Holy Father was evident here in our city, as it is wherever this humble pastor goes.  Truly this was a moment of grace for our archdiocesan Church and the entire community, and as the host archbishop, it was […] [Read more]

The Enduring Impact of the Papal Visit

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Nationals Park will always bring back special memories of Pope Benedict XVI’s Mass there in 2008, shortly after it opened. The cheering crowd of 50,000 people in their diversity offered the Holy Father a view of the face of the Church in America, and he stretched out his arms as if to embrace them and […] [Read more]

Celebrating the First Anniversary of the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The visit of Pope Francis one year ago, September 22-24, was electrifying, jubilant and a moment of grace for our local Church, the greater metropolitan community and our nation. Excitement for the Vicar of Christ among us was evident everywhere he went.  It began when his plane landed and he was greeted with cheers and […] [Read more]

Walking with Francis, the Journey Continues

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

As he has throughout his ministry, Pope Francis voiced a message of accompaniment during his trip to the nation’s capital, expressing the desire that everyone walk together in the presence of the Lord. Hearing his call, the Church of Washington and many others in our community joined in solidarity to participate in the “Walk with […] [Read more]

The One Body of Christ: Sign and Instrument of the Unity of the Human Family

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

When a reporter on the plane back to Rome said that Pope Francis had “become a star in the United States,” our Holy Father responded that he preferred the traditional title of “Servant of the servants of God.” This humility characterized the Pope’s meeting with the bishops of this country, saying that he came to […] [Read more]

“Faith makes us know that God is at our side”

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

When Saint John XIII was canonized just last year, October 11 was chosen as his feast day because it is the date that marks his opening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. While this year the memorial is superseded because it falls on a Sunday, still we remember how this beloved pastor’s legacy continues […] [Read more]

Pope Francis Urges Nation’s Leaders to Work Together in a Renewed Spirit of Solidarity for the Common Good

Friday, October 9th, 2015

As the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress, Pope Francis stood before lawmakers not as a politician, but as a pastor, like he did the day before with the President. He came to offer in these moments of encounter and dialogue “words of encouragement to those called to guide the nation’s political […] [Read more]

Walking with Saint Junípero Serra to Proclaim the Good News

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has concluded his apostolic journey to the United States and returned to Rome, but the experience continues to live on in the hearts of many. The enthusiasm we saw from so many people from so many walks and sectors of life shows that there is a hunger for the Good […] [Read more]

A Look Back at the Visit of Pope Francis

Friday, September 25th, 2015

These last few days have been electrifying and jubilant with the visit of Pope Francis. The excitement for our Holy Father was evident here in our city, as it is wherever this humble pastor goes.  Truly this has been a moment of grace for our archdiocesan Church and the entire community, and as the host […] [Read more]

Words of Welcome to Our Holy Father Pope Francis

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Holy Father, thank you for coming to Washington. On behalf of everyone present and in the name of the Church of Washington, it is a great privilege for me to say welcome and thank you. Bienvenidos y muchas gracias. Together with the lay faithful and the bishops, priests, deacons, women and men in consecrated life […] [Read more]