Crowds of faithful Catholics always come out for a papal visit, but Pope Francis’s tour of three American cities this fall is even more monumental than usual. The cornerstone of his tour is the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which convenes only once every three years. Also noteworthy: As the first Latin American in his position of leadership, the Argentine pope is expected to make a point of connecting with the Latino masses of the U.S. Church. He’ll celebrate the first canonization (a saint-making ceremony) on U.S. soil for the late Spanish friar Junípero Serra. As a nod to the significance of his event, a large number of the tickets for the canonization Mass will be reserved for Latinos.
Every hour of the pope’s five-day tour of Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia has been carefully planned by a battalion of local government officials, various archbishops, secretaries and assistants. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»