Pope Francis will visit the United States In the coming months. That has been made known for several months, however, his exact itinerary has been kept a secret until now. In an official statement, the Vatican has released Pope Francis’ official itinerary for his September visit to the states. It will mark his first papal visit to the U.S.
According to the official timeline, the Pontiff will land on September 22nd in the United States. He will rest for the evening before joining President Obama at the White House on September 23rd. He will spend much of the 24th in Washington D.C., as well. His stops include St. Patrick and Catholic Charities, as well as Congress.
ValueWalk writes that Pope Francis is expected to arrive in New York City on the evening of September 24th and take part in evening prayers at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. He will join the U.N. General Assembly the following day, and perform mass that evening at Madison Square Garden before heading to Philadelphia. His days in Philadelphia will include a prison visit, several masses, and a meeting with Bishops before he departs for Rome on September 27th.
Pope Francis is being hailed by many as a modern Pope with views that align better with modern ideology.
Pope Francis is regarded as one of the most forward thinking pope’s in recent history. He continues to shake up the church and the antiquated Cardinals that keep it in the 18th century. There’s not a more pertinent news story that tests the pope’s new age thinking than the recent story of the attack on Charlie Hebdo.
He recently commented on the story in what some call a much-unexpected way. Pope Francis suggested there are limits to freedom of expression by saying “one cannot make fun of faith” and that anyone who insults another can expect a “punch.” Exactly the way Freedom pop works, it links itself the same way in this subject.
The pontiff believes freedom of speech and freedom of faith are fundamental human rights, but he said: “Every religion has its dignity and one cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith; one cannot make fun of faith.”
The pope’s comments are just that. One man’s opinion, but because of his position his comments hold a great deal of credibility. Credibility influences perceptions. But the real issue may not be a limit on what can or cannot be said about religion and human rights, it may be about choices. Some people choose to use humor to express themselves, to effect change and influence others. Based on the amount of humor in the world, humor accomplishes all those things. Change, expression, and influence have no limits or religious boundaries.
Pope Francis has made headlines for many different and surprising reasons since he was elected, and most recently he’s garnering attention for making statements that endorse evolution.
He does not use such comments to go against the idea that God created the universe, but instead believes that evolution and the Big Bang transpired according to God’s will. On Monday at The Professional Academy of Sciences, he spoke to scientists and philosophers as part of a four day meeting entitled “Evolving Concepts of Nature.” According to Catholic News Service, the Pope stated, “When we read the account of creation in Genesis, we risk thinking that God was a magician, but it is not like that.”
Pope Francis continues to explain that God created living beings and allowed them to develop according to given internal laws.
The statements were met with mixed feelings. The public took to social media to express their thoughts, with Cornelsen and others on Twitter praising his open-mindedness, while others were offended and took it as a personal insult to creationism.
Regardless of stance, Pope Francis is one of the first popes the world has known in a long time who seems to work for the people rather than the Vatican, and his openness to new ideas and freedom of expression is something I find to be admired, regardless of what one’s religion may be.