Thursday, October 08, 2015

Pope Francis Visits The USA

Pope Francis visited the United States in late September (following a visit to the island nation of Cuba). Starting in Washington, DC, the Holy Father visited President Obama at the White House, canonized missionary Saint Junipero Serra and addressed a joint session of Congress. He also visited with some of the poor being served by local Catholic charitable efforts. His meetings with the Little Sisters of the Poor (fighting the Obama Administration HHS mandate) and Kim Davis (Rowan County, KY court clerk involved in dispute over issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples) underscored the issue of religious liberty, one of the topics that he emphasized during his visit.

Here is my video of the papal motorcade I took on Constitution Ave.following the White House visit.

After DC, the Pope was on to New York City where he addressed the United Nations, visited St. Patrick's Cathedral and said Mass at Madison Square Garden. From NYC, the Holy Father went on to the climax of his visit, which was to mark the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. He concluded his US visit with the closing outdoor Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway before heading back home to Rome.