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World Meeting of Families welcomes pope, inspires generations

They came from more than 100 countries around the globe — including several groups from the Diocese of Phoenix — to hear high-profile speakers challenge and encourage them to build up family life.

Local Catholics on hand for papal visit energized, inspired by experience

“When you’re 51 years old and you’re screaming your head off like that — just like everybody else — you lose yourself in it. It was so much fun," a Mesa Catholic said.

For professor, it’s time to talk about being gay and a...

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Delegates to the recent World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia packed a breakout session at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to hear Ron Belgau talk about his life as a self-professed celibate gay Catholic man who embraces Catholic teachings.

Testimonies of keeping the faith during trying times bring many to...

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Marita Thomas was among those in the crowd at the Festival of Families Sept. 26 who were moved to tears as they listened to families selected to come onstage to tell Pope Francis how they coped with hardship by clinging to God.

Patriarch: Holy Land Christians ‘pray, weep, suffer and wait’ with Jesus

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Christian families in the Holy Land bear their daily suffering with hope, knowing that the cross is the cost of following Christ, said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.

Pope says he left U.S. praying for, impressed by its people

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — As the American Airlines plane taking him to Rome from Philadelphia took off, Pope Francis said he pictured the faces of all the people he met, and he prayed for them.

Pope urges U.S. Catholics to keep enthusiasm, welcome newcomers

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Pope Francis ended his trip to the United States with a call for Catholics to keep the enthusiasm of the visit, while continuing to welcome newcomers and care for creation.

Serve, care for each other, pope tells families at closing Mass

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — 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.

‘God cries’ for victims of abuse, Pope says after meeting survivors...

PHILADELPHIA (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope Francis this morning met with 5 survivors of sexual abuse during his visit to Philadelphia, telling bishops afterward that the evil acts can no longer remain in silence, and promised his personal vigilance in protecting minors.

Pope delights Philly crowd with spontaneous talk on families [VIDEO]

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — 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.