What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Pope Francis

Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
Pope Francis

Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
Pope Francis

Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Meet the priest in Rome who is helping prepare Philadelphia for the papal trip

2015-06-13

Planning for the upcoming World Meeting of Families has been taking place for years. With Pope Francis now attending, millions of people are expected to visit Philadelphia.

Fr. Bill Donovan works with the Pontifical Council for the Family as a liaison between the Vatican and Philadelphia's archbishop.

FR. BILL DONOVAN
Pontifical Council for the Family
"It's a great joy for me to represent Archbishop Chaput here in the Vatican in Rome, in preparation of the World Meeting of Families. It's the first time, since it was founded by Pope Saint John Paul II, that the World Meeting of Families will come to the United States. So we are very excited and grateful to the Holy Father.”

Some of the planning for the trip is mundane, but it is hugely important. For example, housing for thousands of people needs to be coordinated. 

FR. BILL DONOVAN
Pontifical Council for the Family
"We're asking the people to open their homes in Philadelphia to receive families from all over the world. So we are preparing. We expect by the congress maybe about 15,000 participants for these days. We understand that during the Pope's visit, which will be Saturday and Sunday, both the Festival of Family and the Mass, we will have several million people.”

The organizers also made sure that the event was consistent with Pope Francis' priorities. They're making a special effort to make sure the poor can also include their input. 

FR. BILL DONOVAN
Pontifical Council for the Family
"Archbishop Chaput has arranged so that every country in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean will be able to send two poor families. And this is in honor of Pope Francis. So we can have at this congress, at this celebration, at this world-class gathering, representatives from all over the Americas, but especially the poor will be represented. 

Pope Francis will visit the United States from September 22nd to 27th. In addition to Philadelphia, he will make stops in Washington, D.C. and New York City. 


ATO
RR
-SV
-PR
Up:GRT