Pope Francis in the United States

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Pope Francis was in New York City from Sept. 24-26, 2015, making stops at the United Nations, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Madison Square Garden and more. The pontiff began his historic trip Sept. 19 in Cuba. On Sept. 22 he traveled to Washington, D.C., where he stayed until Sept. 24. His journey wrapped up in Philadelphia on Sept. 26-27.

Pope's final U.S. Mass attracts nearly 1 million in Philadelphia

Capstone event

Pope's final U.S. Mass attracts nearly 1 million in Philadelphia

Pope Francis closed out his historic nine-day mission to Cuba and the United States with an extraordinary Mass in the streets of downtown Philadelphia Sunday before an estimated crowd of nearly 1 million worshippers -- a gathering that the pontiff called 'a miracle.'

AP / Matt Rourke

Pope writes his own speeches, spokesman says

Travels With the Pope

Pope writes his own speeches, spokesman says

'The Holy Father likes to have a direct control over the message he gives,' said the Rev. Manuel Dorantes, a U.S.-based assistant to the Vatican's spokesman. Bart Jones has the story.

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Pope promises 'accountability' in sex abuse scandal

In Francis' Footsteps

Pope promises 'accountability' in sex abuse scandal

The pope broke new ground in the Catholic Church's long struggle to respond to a damaging clergy sex-abuse scandal with his unqualified promise, Paul Moses writes.

Newsday / Chuck Fadely

Pope's visit: A deep well of stories, photos and videos

Complete coverage

Pope's visit: A deep well of stories, photos and videos

Read about the scene as the pontiff departed, see the best photos from his U.S. visit, get notable quotes from his papacy and much more in Newsday's Pope Francis Visit section.

Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Pope Francis in Philadelphia: Sept. 26-27

Pope Francis apologizes to sex abuse victims

Pope in Philadelphia

Pope Francis apologizes to sex abuse victims

At a Philadelphia-area seminary, the pope met in private with survivors of sex abuse and then talked with bishops separately about the scandal and extolled the virtues of family life.

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Pope gives clarion call for religious freedom

Pope in Philadelphia

Pope gives clarion call for religious freedom

At the birthplace of American democracy, the pope gave an impassioned call for religious liberty and saluted immigrants, telling them, 'Don't ever be ashamed of your traditions.'

Pool / EPA / Tony Gentile

Pope speaks of joys, struggles of family life at festival

Festival of Families

Pope speaks of joys, struggles of family life at festival

Riveted Catholics listened and laughed as an animated Pope Francis described the joys and struggles of family life before a crowd of thousands filling a main boulevard of Philadelphia.

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Pope Francis analysis, commentary and opinion

Francis' words

'A profound message'

Francis' words

Pope Francis had an agenda of stunning breadth.

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Political cartoons

Cartoonists on pope

Political cartoons

Editorial cartoonists respond to the pope's visit.

The Columbus Dispatch / Nate Beeler

A challenge

Editorial

A challenge

Pope Francis inspires us to debate honestly and compassionately.

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In-depth features

A pope who takes a different path

Profile

A pope who takes a different path

Like his namesake saint from Assisi, Pope Francis likes to shock people to get his message across. Paul Moses explores the life of a church leader who has been full of surprises.

AP / Andrew Medichini

See readers' notes to the pope

Messages for the pope

See readers' notes to the pope

As head of the Catholic Church and by the force of his personality, Pope Francis has emerged as one of the world’s most influential and energetic leaders. Readers told us what messages they wanted to deliver to the pope.

Newsday / Matt Davies

Pope Francis in New York City: Sept. 24-26

Pope laughs, takes selfies at Catholic school

East Harlem

Pope laughs, takes selfies at Catholic school

A playful Pope Francis laughed, played and took lots and lots of selfies with hundreds of inner-city schoolchildren during a visit to East Harlem.

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Pope at Ground Zero: 'Here grief is palpable'

Remembering 9/11

Pope at Ground Zero: 'Here grief is palpable'

Silence, punctuated only by cascading water, the occasional click of a camera or a child's cry, fell as the pope fixed his gaze on an avalanche of names.

Pool / Getty Images / Julio Cortez

Pope asks faithful to break out of 'Big City' isolation

Madison Square Garden

Pope asks faithful to break out of 'Big City' isolation

The pope asked 20,000 people to shed selfishness and isolation, and reach out to those in the 'big city' who exist in 'deafening anonymity.'

Pool / EPA / Michael Appleton

Pope Francis in Cuba: Sept. 19-22

Pope speaks of humility, mercy at historic Cuban Mass

150,000 at Mass

Pope speaks of humility, mercy at historic Cuban Mass

Pope Francis blessed Holguín from Loma de la Cruz, the site of a distinctive wooden cross that overlooks the Cuban city.

EPA / Alejandro Bolivar

Pope focuses on 'revolution of tenderness'

Cuba visit

Pope focuses on 'revolution of tenderness'

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the most sacred Catholic shrine on the Communist-led island, telling the faithful to live a 'revolution of tenderness.'

Getty Images / Filiippo Monteforte

Pope Francis to Cubans: Serve everyone

A gentle warning

Pope Francis to Cubans: Serve everyone

In his homily at a Mass in Havana's Revolution Square -- attended by Cuban President Raúl Castro -- Pope Francis urged service to people, not ideas.

EPA / Tony Gentile

Long Island impact

LIer meets pope at the airport

'I totally filled up'

LIer meets pope at the airport

Joseph D'Aleo of Rockville Centre, a New York City Sanitation Department supervisor sick with a 9/11-related disease, shook hands with Pope Francis.

Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Hearing the Word of God in Spanish

A growing constituency

Hearing the Word of God in Spanish

Parishioners at St. Rosalie's pray and worship in Spanish every Sunday afternoon. See photos from two services at the Hampton Bays church.

Johnny Milano

Pope's favorability on LI soars

Newsday/News 12/Siena College poll

Pope's favorability on LI soars

The pontiff gets very high favorability ratings from LIers, despite disagreements on political and social issues.

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Pope Francis visit photos, video

Francis' notable quotes

What he's said

Francis' notable quotes

See some of Pope Francis' notable quotes, from his 2013 installation to his remarks to Congress and the United Nations.

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From 'Shepherd One' to NYC

Behind the scenes

From 'Shepherd One' to NYC

See behind-the-scenes photos from the trip -- including the pontiff greeting Newsday's Bart Jones aboard the papal plane.

Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Pope's sojourn in a Communist country

Eyes on Cuba

Pope's sojourn in a Communist country

See images from the pope's time in Cuba, including his Mass in Havana's Revolution Plaza.

Getty Images / Adalberto Roque

Pope Francis, now and then

Through the years

Pope Francis, now and then

See what Jorge Mario Bergoglio looked like as a teenager in Buenos Aires.

AP

A fleeting quest

Pope in NYC

A fleeting quest

Tens of thousands of people waited most of the day Friday to see Pope Francis in Central Park.

Newsday / Chuck Fadely and Jessica Rotkiewicz

Historic papal visits to the U.S.

Who's come before

Historic papal visits to the U.S.

Pope Francis' trip comes a half-century after Pope Paul VI made the first papal visit here.

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