The Vatican is confirming that the only "audience" the pope had while he was in Washington was with a former student and his family: Yayo Grassi, an openly gay Argentine who visited Francis with his longtime partner and some friends.
Pope Francis in America
Pope Francis is spending 10 days visiting Cuba and the United States, including a stop at the U.S. Congress, his first visit there since becoming pontiff in 2013.
By Kelly Riddell - The Washington Times
Not to be lost in the pomp and circumstance of Pope Francis' first visit to Washington is the reality that the Catholic Church he oversees has become one of the largest recipients of federal largesse in America. Published September 24, 2015
The Vatican on Friday distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the focal point in the gay marriage debate in the U.S., saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted in the U.S. and that their encounter "should not be considered a form of support of her position."
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A man driving a black SUV and armed with a knife breached airport security, making it all the way to the tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, just hours after Pope Francis had left from the airport for Philadelphia on Saturday, prosecutors said.
Built within the papacy is supposed to be a constant reminder of the ancient pact that office has made with Jesus Christ.
The outpouring of acclaim for Pope Francis and his message of tolerance and compassion, which he delivered in a historic address to Congress and events in three U.S. cities over the past six days, came from Americans of every religious persuasion -- not just Roman Catholics -- and even from those who are not at all religious.
Pope Francis celebrated a huge outdoor Mass Sunday to wrap up his six-day visit to the U.S., just hours after taking the dramatic step of meeting with survivors of clergy sexual abuse and promising to hold accountable those responsible for the church scandal.
Addressing Hispanics directly at the site where the United States was founded, Pope Francis urged recent immigrants to embrace their heritage and to keep pushing for rights and freedom in America.
Conservative radio host Glenn Beck lamented Friday a missed opportunity by Pope Francis, saying the pontiff "could have ended abortion in America" if he really wanted to during his visit to the U.S. this week.
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As Congress members rushed to touch Pope Francis after Thursday's historic address on the House floor, Rep. Bob Brady reportedly made a beeline for the podium to swipe the Holy Father's discarded water glass.
Sen. Bernard Sanders used Pope Francis in a fundraising appeal Thursday for his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, telling supporters that he and the pontiff were both pursuing the same social justice agenda.
Pope Francis declared Friday that there is a "right of the environment" and that mankind has no authority to abuse it, telling more than 100 world leaders and diplomats at the United Nations that urgent action is needed to halt the destruction of God's creation.
A woman with plenty of experience tangling with the Vatican has given Pope Francis her endorsement during his first U.S. visit.
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The American family landscape that Pope Francis is viewing during his first visit to the United States differs vastly from that of 1965, when Paul VI became the first pontiff to step onto U.S. soil: More couples are divorced or living together and fewer are married today than they were in the '60s.
Pope Francis may have pushed President Obama closer to coming out against the death penalty, White House officials said Thursday.
Pope Francis is more than head of the Catholic Church -- he's also the head of state of the Vatican, which as a government has possibly the most restrictive immigration and citizenship policies of any nation in the world.
The faces of children dotted the crowd peering up at Pope Francis on a balcony of the Capitol, a presence he gave a special blessing as he greeted the masses.
Moments after his speech to Congress, Pope Francis paused for reflection before a bronze statue of the first saint canonized on U.S. soil.
As tens of thousands of people gathered on the West Front of the Capitol to glimpse Pope Francis, a group of activists chanted and sang in support of citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Pope Francis called on Americans to fully embrace the Golden Rule in politics as the head of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics delivered a sermon on Capitol Hill on Thursday, challenging Congress and voters alike to serve the needy and to see the world in nuance rather than the "simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil."
Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit to a convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order that is suing the Obama administration over its birth control rules on employers.
The massive security apparatus protecting Pope Francis on his trip to the United States will be tested further Thursday, a day after a 5-year-old California girl made her way through a security barrier and onto his parade route.
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A year before Junipero Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1988, the California missions the Franciscan priest had founded in the 18th century exhumed his body and collected his left ulna.
Pope Francis urged Catholics not to let their hearts grow "numb" but to take joy from a life of sharing the Gospel, making his exhortation at a Wednesday canonization Mass that was the first declaration of a saint on U.S. soil and his personal first in this country.
Pope Francis called for American leadership Wednesday in combating climate change, embracing immigrants and caring for the poor, using his unparalleled pulpit to sound solidarity with President Obama on a host of issues -- but the pontiff also poked the White House on religious liberty, and insisted pro-life and family causes were at the center of his visit.
There were more than 15,000 ticketed guests at Wednesday morning's gathering for Pope Francis on the South Lawn of the White House.
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A Franciscan friar who walked thousands of miles to spread Christianity in California some 300 years ago became the first saint to be declared in the United States Wednesday.
The Obama administration and the Vatican decided that a 21-gun salute in honor of Pope Francis' arrival at the White House Wednesday would not be appropriate because the pontiff is a "man of peace."
President Obama and Pope Francis on Wednesday morning spoke in unison on the need to confront climate change and save the planet, with both men saying humanity has a moral obligation to act now and not saddle future generations with a growing problem.
With a level of pomp and circumstance rare even in Washington, President Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the White House Wednesday and praised the pontiff for leading on a host of social and moral issues.
Pope Francis is arriving in the U.S. at a time when the faithful are facing broad challenges in court over the limits of religious liberty.
When he was elected in March 2013, Pope Francis was a breath of fresh air for the Catholic Church, says Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family.
As onlookers erupted with cheers, Pope Francis on Tuesday afternoon set foot in the U.S. for the first time as pontiff and was greeted by President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, other administration officials and a raucous crowd of supporters.
Billionaire businessman and 2016 Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said if he got some time with Pope Francis, who is in the United States this week, he'd like to talk to him about a lot things, including religion and global warming.
Pope Francis ends his visit to Cuba on Tuesday with a Mass at the country's most revered shrine and a pep talk with families before flying north to Washington for the start of his U.S. tour.
We've been told to mind our P's and Q's while Pope Francis is here -- no fist bumps or handshakes, please and thank you -- and to wear our patience on our sleeves, because it's anticipated there will be massive vehicular tie-ups and foot traffic from Tuesday, when he arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, until he departs Philadelphia for Rome on Sunday.
The messenger will be guaranteed a warm welcome, but his message may prove more divisive as America's Catholics prepare to greet Pope Francis for a history-making six-day visit starting Tuesday.
Pope Francis can look forward to a warm welcome in the United States this week, from both Catholic and non-Catholic Americans.
A traveling Bible exhibit is opening at the Philadelphia Convention Center in conjunction with Pope Francis' visit later this week for the World Meeting of Families Conference.
Pope Francis flies to eastern Cuba on Monday for the next leg of his pilgrimage after having met with both Raul and Fidel Castro but missing out on an encounter with Cuban dissidents.
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Presented with the difficult decision of whom to offer his only guest ticket for Pope Francis' historic address to a joint session of Congress, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez said he was moved by "the spirit."
Pope Francis hailed detente between the United States and Cuba as a model of reconciliation for the world, urging Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro to persevere in building normal ties as the pontiff launched a 10-day tour of the former Cold War foes Saturday.
Pope Francis plans to meet with Cuba's president and its priests, its young and its sick, its churchgoers and its seminarians as he travels around the island starting Saturday. But not with its dissidents.
Priests, nuns and canon lawyers who advocate for clergy sex abuse victims urged Pope Francis, on the eve of his U.S. visit, to investigate the child protection records of Cardinal Justin Rigali, the former archbishop of Philadelphia, and Cardinal Raymond Burke, who led dioceses in Wisconsin and Missouri.
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