Pope Francis to Address U.S. Congress in September
February 5, 2015 — Pope Francis will become the first pope
to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress on September 24, House Speaker
John Boehner (R-OH) announced today.
Calling it a "historic visit," Boehner said that he was "truly grateful that Pope
Francis has accepted our invitation."
Boehner noted that “in a time of global upheaval, the Holy
Father's message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths
and backgrounds. His teachings, prayers and very example bring us back to the
blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another.”
During the pope’s visit to the United States in September, he will also attend the World Meeting
of Families in Philadelphia and visit the United Nations in New York City. [Sources: www.speaker.gov, Catholic News
August 21, 2018 — Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity, and to join in acts of prayer and fasting in penance for such "atrocities".
October 17, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Thomas "Tom" S. McShane, SJ, who was called to eternal life on October 16, 2018. He was eighty-nine years old, a Jesuit for seventy-one years, and a priest for fifty-eight years.
What can all happen while sharing a meal together? For Christ, it was when he gave of himself at the Last Supper; for me, it is where I realized I needed to give of myself and enter the Jesuits as well as experienced unity among diversity.