A Few Neat Providential Things Surrounding the Synod on the Family

Synod of Bishops

After the opening Mass yesterday, today is the first day our bishops got down to business for the Ordinary Synod on the Family. Read the Holy Father’s Homily for the Sunday Opening Mass and his remarks at Monday’s opening discussions.

I noticed a few neat providential coincidences for this important event in the life of the Church that I thought I’d share with you:

Highlights from Pope Francis’ 3rd Day in the USA (NYC)

Photo: abc7.com

What a gift it has been to have our Holy Father with us for three days, and there are still two more to go!

The effect Pope Francis has had on this country has been amazing. It is quite out of the ordinary for Catholics, so used to having their faith denigrated, to be publicly celebrated and lauded as it has been these last few days. I think the coined termed for this is “The Francis Effect.”

Below are the highlights of today, all images taken from USCCB live streaming.

Highlights from Pope Francis’ 2nd Day in the USA (DC & NYC)

Pope Francis at US Congress

The highlight of today was most clearly the Holy Father’s address to a Joint Session of Congress – the first time the Vicar of Christ has ever done so.

House Speaker John Boehner, a Catholic, invited Pope Francis to make an address to a joint session of U.S. Congress. While this Pope is not the first to be invited, he is the first to accept.

First Latin American Pope in the United States: No Translation Needed

(CNS photo/Gary Cameron, Reuters)

Se ve, se siente, el Papa está presente!

This is how hundreds of Latinos standing by the White House cheered Pope Francis, eager to see their spiritual leader and to take some pictures during his parade down the streets.

Washington D.C., New York, and Pennsylvania are home to thousands of Latinos in the U.S., and the opportunity to listen to Papa Francisco speak in his native language, Spanish, is the reason why Latinos are so exited about his visit and feel so connected with the Holy Father.

Full Transcript of First Ever Papal Speech to U.S. Joint Session of Congress


Mr. Vice-President,

Mr. Speaker,

Honorable Members of Congress,

Dear Friends,
I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility.

Highlights from Pope Francis’ First Day in the USA (Washington, D.C.)


What a joyful and grace-filled day!

Here are the highlights from Pope Francis’ first full day on his apostolic journey to the United States. All images taken from live streaming at the USCCB website and the lovely canonization website for St. Junipero Serra.

This trip has a few firsts . . .

This is Pope Francis’ very first time stepping foot in the United States, and the first canonization Mass on American soil. This was truly a historic and very special day for both the Catholic Church and the United States!

7 Lessons I Learned from Pope Francis’ Trip to South America

The Pope receives a gift. Image source: NBC news

The millions of people who gathered to see Pope Francis in Latin America showed without a doubt that most Latinos are still Catholic. The Holy Father was received with all the honors and privileges, and treated as a spiritual celebrity. Being from Latin America, the Pope’s visit made me follow the news and stay attentive to his words, more than any other news.

Now that he is back in Rome, I would like to share what I learned from the Pope through his message and actions during his visit to South America:

He’s Coming! Here’s the Schedule for Pope Francis’ USA Visit this September

Schedule of Pope Francis' trip to the United States

The USCCB has just announced the schedule of Pope Francis’ trip the United States from September 22 – 27, 2015. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.

Are you planning a trip to see the Holy Father while he’s in D.C., New York City, and Philadephia during the dates below? If so, please comment below and tell us about it!