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  • Pope Francis visits the devastated Italian town of Amatrice.
    On October 4th, Pope Francis visited the Italian town of Amatrice, which was destroyed in the summer by a high magnitude earthquake.
  • The Jubilee Year called by Pope Francis begins in less than six weeks, and, despite tedious delays, the city fathers are forging ahead with their preparations for Rome, from repairing sidewalks to providing first aid centers. A leitmotif is the revival of interest in the Francigena, the centuries-old route pilgrims walked to Rome from North Europe.
  • When I was asked to write my thoughts and reflections on Pope Francis' visit to New York City and my experience in Central Park, I knew that I could not honestly address that without also talking about another important man to me (and to many other New Yorkers) my uncle. See my Uncle, the Rev. Dr. Andrew Struzzieri is one of the most beloved priests in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. He is currently pastor of St. Clare's in Rosedale, Queens.
  • All recent popes had visited the U.S. before being elected to the papacy, but for Pope Francis this is the first ever visit. His schedule is jampacked and his visit, brief, but, beginning in Washington, his agenda centers upon three major events, beginning with his speech to a joint session of Congress.
  • We can’t become men without engaging our fellow man. That seems to be the slogan of Pope Francis’ trip to the United States, during which he will become the first pope in history to speak before Congress in Washington, D.C., before appearing at the United Nations in New York and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

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