A smiling Pope Francis emerged from the Vatican Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue on Wednesday morning and went directly to the crowds gathered behind barriers, shaking hands like a candidate on the trail with a visible air of calm.
In spite of all of the hopeful frenzy among the LGBT Catholic community about what the Pope may or may not say while on the gayest island anywhere other than Fire Island in July, I confess I remained circumspect.
In an era where "cultured despisers of religion" -- a term used by Friedrich Schleiermacher two centuries ago, critiquing the prevailing ethos of Europe during his day -- fail to note the power and feeling of authentic faith and practice, the mission of Pope Francis to America comes at a pivotal moment in world history.
We can hope that Pope Francis will receive a warmer reception from Congress, but, things could slide sideways rather quickly if he practices his usual habit of speaking truth to pride, power and prosperity.
May we rise to this challenge and act boldly to protect not only millions of poor, but our future and the future of our children.
Pope Francis will be arriving in the U.S. today, Tuesday. He has a crowded schedule ahead of him this week, with stops in Washington, D.C., New York, ...
These philanthropists are another group who will be looking for inspiration and challenge from the Holy Father on his visit to the United States.
Pope Francis has switched the focus of the Catholic Church away from a high-profile fight against abortion and gay marriage and onto a mission to serve the poor and extend mercy to all. He is far more concerned with issues related to money than to sex.
It is impossible, Holy Father, to be serious about doing anything for the poor and at the same time do little or nothing for women.
In a country where segregation is often said to be most evident on Sunday mornings, it is the Catholic Church that is not only one of the most racially and ethnically diverse religious groups, but the changing face of America is also being reflected in its pews.
Personally, as a Latin@ Catholic theologian who is una nieta de inmigrantes, I share your passion for justice for all migrants. I am particularly drawn to the attention you bring to cities in your theologizing, probably because I identify as hurban@́, Hispanic and urban, thanks in part to my New York roots and distinctive Bronx accent.
Much of the attention for Pope Francis' tour will be focused on the marquee events at which he will address the powerful members of governments from around the world and within the U.S. While these high-profile events matter, they are not the most important on the pontiff's agenda.
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When the Pope takes the stage in the heart of the nation's capital, Americans will be enthralled. He has done more than any other Vatican leader in our lifetime. And he has done so with grace, energy, and determination. Our political leaders will be watching him. They should learn from him too.
On Thursday evening, St. Mary's University dedicated and opened the Contreras Family Terrace, which includes a pub. But a few have questioned, "Why has a Catholic university established a gathering space that serves alcohol?"
The most amazing -- and decidedly Christian -- thing Francis has done since ascending to the papacy is his not-so-subtle attempt last week to welcome divorcees back to the church's fold. The move not only shows signs of a warmer, gentler Church, it also embraces and (literally) legitimizes people like me.