Compassion, joy, inclusivity, simplicity, dialogue, self-giving, mercy and humility must mark a bishops' ministry, the pope told them.
Cooking for 1,900 people, no problem. Cooking for the pope? Now that requires extra care.
While obviously honored by the welcome, Pope Francis was clear in issuing several challenges, including by publicly voicing his support for the U.S. bishops' defense of religious freedom.
Even the red carpet had a rehearsal for the pope's arrival.
In preparation for Pope Francis' historic Sept. 22-24 visit to Washington, Providence Health System has dedicated and named its hospital's emergency care center in honor of the pontiff.
Immigration will be "one of the most important themes" of the pope's visit, the cardinal said in an interview with the Vatican television center on the eve of the trip.
Pope Francis has named Bishop James V. Johnston of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri, as the new bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph in the same state.
Pastors in the Archdiocese of New York are conducting distinctive raffles to distribute the limited tickets allocated for the Sept. 25 papal Mass.
Asked what he might ask Pope Francis were he to be a guest on his new show, Stephen Colbert replied, “I would ask him about how love leads him to joy, or does love lead…
Colleges throughout the country are busy preparing for the pope's visit, but none more than in the three cities where the pope is visiting.