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Early attendees are seated and await the arrival of Pope Francis for mass at Madison Square Garden on September 25, 2015 in New York City. The Pope ends his New York visit after a day of activities with the mass at Madison Square Garden and leaves for Philadelphia in the …

Star-Studded Concert Prior To Pope Francis’ Mass in New York City

A star-studded concert is preceding Pope Francis’ celebration of Mass on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The program, called “A Journey of Faith,” features Gloria Estefan, who will sing “Mas Alla (Beyond),” a Spanish spiritual ballad that she recorded in 1995, and which she also sang for Pope John Paul II.

Pope Francis waves at the crowd as he arrives to give a morning mass at the Calixto Garcia square in Holguin, in eastern Cuba, on September 21, 2015. Holguin, a cradle of Catholic faith on the island and also the home region of communist leaders Fidel and Raul Castro, is …

Jesuit ‘America’ Stresses: Pope Francis Acknowledges Church Teaching Authorizes Criticism of Capitalism

The Jesuit publication America adds that Pope Francis, who is also a Jesuit, “went on to state firmly” that: “My doctrine on all this, on the ‘Laudato Si’ (the encyclical on ‘the common home’), on the economic imperialism, and all that, is the Church’s social doctrine.” When an American journalist reported to the Pope that more than 50 dissidents had been arrested outside the nunciature in Cuba while attempting to meet with the Pope, Francis reportedly responded, “I don’t have any news that that has happened. I don’t have any news…I don’t know directly.”

Francis, Raul Castro

George Will: Pope Francis’ ‘Fashionable’ Ideas Are ‘Demonstrably False’

“With a convert’s indiscriminate zeal, he embraces ideas impeccably fashionable, demonstrably false, and deeply reactionary,” George Will writes as he excoriates Francis’ supporters for falling for media headlines that supposedly advertise the Pope’s positions on issues but rather “have the intellectual tone of fortune cookies.”