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After the Pope’s Visit to the United States

Pope Francis in Washington, DC, September, 2015In his Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis talked about his Apostolic Visit to Cuba and the United States. As he reflected on his time in North America, many others have been sharing their reflections and photographs of September’s papal events.

Busted Halo shares 15 favorite quotes from Pope Francis’s visit.

Many schools held watch parties to view the Pope’s address to Congress.

Aleteia provides a convenient list of transcripts from Pope Francis’s addresses for our continued reflection. James Martin, SJ, sees three spiritual takeaways from the Pope’s time in America.

On Facebook, Martina Nicholson shares:

Watching the event at 9/11 memorial—all the representatives of different religions standing together and praying for peace. The Rabbi quoting the prayer of St. Francis. The Orthodox bishop quoting the Beatitudes from Matthew’s Gospel. The Hindu lady who was so beautiful in the dark blue sari asking the Pope to bless her unborn child in the womb. The face of the Zen Buddhist Japanese woman in the gorgeous kimono, so serene and yet so present and soft. The Pope himself, saying that in this place of destruction, to remember the faces of each of the courageous people who responded with love to the senseless violence, in acts of great self-sacrifice to save others. The Iman, singing from the Koran, about peace, with soft eyes and a soft smile. The cantor, singing with such exquisite voice the Hebrew song. The kindly smile of the saffron-robed monk. The children’s chorus, singing “Let peace begin with me.” All of the events, and all of the Pope’s homilies were fabulous, but this was the most exciting and touching to me.

Michelle Francl-Donnay writes in a column for Catholic Philly:

What will I take from these days?

Two things to start. A deep sense of the unity of believers, and of our shared responsibility for each other in the small things. And the eyes to see the people that came streaming to receive the blessings of these days, Christ playing in ten thousand places, lovely in all those eyes not his.

The photo at the top of this post was taken by Paul Gallagher shortly after the canonization Mass of Junípero Serra. Rebecca Ruiz shares her photos from Washington, DC.

Junípero Serra canonization MassJunípero Serra canonization MassMichael Donnay had a close-up view of Pope Francis at Mass in Philadelphia.

Pope Francis at Mass in PhiladelphiaFinally, the Apostleship of Prayer invites us to reflect on the visit and its effects.

We thank Pope Francis and continue to pray for him.


  1. What will I carry with me from absorbing the spirit of Pope Francis? His smile and genuine love for all people-truly he is the “People’s Pope” and one that recognizes the need to reach all people. I take his enthusiasm and vision for unity among all religions and try to apply this everyday. I will try to imitate his patience with people and processes-taking time to bend an ear to hear the children better. Every act demonstrates his great faith and trust in God-something which we all need help with. Papa Francis I miss you already!

  2. I try hard to be guided by my friend and master Jesus in all my thoughts and actions for the greater glory of God our creator, however, I have just become aware that the time has come for me to pray for the others to be guided as well as me, to put the others before me. Thank you Pope Francis.


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