A Rare Ticket to the Canonization Mass

Maureen Pratt shares her experience as a member of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Calif., attending the canonization Mass for Blessed Junipero Serra outside Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Reflections on Being With the Pope

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, This article is written just following our bidding farewell to our Holy Father, Pope Francis. It is my hope that this account will be an upfront and personal witness to what I, myself, experienced these past few days. On, Tuesday, Sept. 22, I traveled, along with my […]

A Messenger of Peace

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, This article is written on the eve of the Apostolic visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. As we await his arrival from Cuba, we express our hopes that his visit to our Nation will bring about a better understanding of human dignity and the need for […]

Pope Says Father Serra Deserves to Be a Saint

Pope Francis insisted Blessed Serra fits into a host of saints who shaped the history and culture of the Americas, particularly by spreading Christianity, caring for the poor and defending the oppressed.

Serra Announcement Surprised Everyone

Even people who have been promoting the sainthood cause of Blessed Junipero Serra were surprised when Pope Francis said that he hopes to canonize the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan who founded missions across Mexico and California.

Pope Confirms US Visit

Pope Francis said his September trip to the U.S. will take him to Philadelphia, New York and Washington – where he intends to canonize Blessed Junipero Serra – but probably no other stops. Pope Francis made his remarks Jan. 19, in an hourlong news conference with reporters accompanying him back to Rome from a weeklong […]