Pope makes impromptu stop at statue marking Jewish-Catholic unity

.- Pope Francis paid an unscheduled visit to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia this afternoon to bless a statue celebrating improved Vatican relations with the Jewish community.

The bronze statue, titled “Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time,” depicts two figures – signifying Christianity and Judaism – sitting beside each other and displaying their sacred texts in postures of dialogue.

“This statue is exactly a demonstration of two sisters of the same dignity, the church and the synagogue,” said Vatican spokesperson Father Federico Lombardi. Continue reading “Pope makes impromptu stop at statue marking Jewish-Catholic unity”

Pope Francis in the USA – Holy Mass concluding the World Meeting of Families with Transcript

Local Time 15.20/18.15: Pope Francis presides at celebration of Holy Mass concluding the World Meeting of Families at B. Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia  Transcript: Today the word of God surprises us with powerful and thought-provoking images. Images which challenge us, but also stir our enthusiasm. In the first reading, Joshua tells Moses that two members of the people are prophesying, speaking God’s word, without a … Continue reading Pope Francis in the USA – Holy Mass concluding the World Meeting of Families with Transcript

Pope Francis in the USA – Meeting with Bishops, guests of the World Meeting of Families

Local time: 9.05/10.15 -Pope Francis meets the Bishops, guests of the World Meeting of Families in the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. Watch the livestream here, or watch at your leisure. When available the transcript will be below. Continue reading Pope Francis in the USA – Meeting with Bishops, guests of the World Meeting of Families