People throughout the audience expressed hope that the pope will inspire more people, especially policymakers, to react with compassion to the needs of immigrants.
Pope Francis' Sept. 25 visit to ground zero was unlike any of his other stops in New York or Washington.
Pope Francis encouraged an audience of Catholic school students and immigrants to live with joy and dare to dream.
Although short, the visit left a lifetime of memories, especially for those who got to meet the pope.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said the visit was intended as a sign of support for the Little Sisters' lawsuit against the Obama administration's mandate.
The Son of God came into this world as a homeless person. The Son of God knew what it was to be a homeless person, what it was to start life without a roof over…
Dialogue, he said, is the only way to handle the pressure and fulfill the call to serve the common good, promoting a culture of "hope and healing, of peace and justice."
Hispanics gathering to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis talk about their pride in having a Catholic leader who shares their heritage.
A missionary's life is exciting and brings joy, Poe Francis said, because it is not sedentary or turned in on itself.
Compassion, joy, inclusivity, simplicity, dialogue, self-giving, mercy and humility must mark a bishops' ministry, the pope told them.