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The real reason Pope Francis is coming to the U.S.

The real reason Pope Francis is coming to the U.S.
Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. today at 4 p.m. Eastern. Millions of people will turn out to see him over the next five days, and the Archdiocese of Seattle's pilgrims to the World Meeting of Families are eagerly looking forward to our weekend with him in Philadelphia.  It's all very exciting, but I admit I've sometimes felt&nb...
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Day 1 recap: Openness, expectation and a good dinner

Day 1 recap: Openness, expectation and a good dinner
Well, a very long Day 1 of our pilgrimage is in the books. After flying to Newark and busing to Philadelphia, our group of 16 (including four from the Yakima Diocese and one from Pasadena) met up with our bus buddies for the week from the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan. Their friendly and casually dressed bishop, Philadelphia native Jo...
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Pope Francis: The future depends on 'a new covenant between man and woman'

Pope Francis: The future depends on 'a new covenant between man and woman'
I'm at SeaTac, waiting for our 6 a.m. flight to Newark, and wondering what God might have in store for us this week in Philadelphia. What exactly will the World Meeting of Families be like? I'm not sure, but I know that Pope Francis, at least, thinks it's an extremely important event.  In his Wednesday audience last week, the pope said that th...
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Follow me to the World Meeting of Families!

Follow me to the World Meeting of Families!
Hi! I'm Kevin Birnbaum, assistant editor of Northwest Catholic, and I'll be traveling to Philadelphia on Monday morning with 15 other pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Seattle to attend the World Meeting of Families. We'll be joined by 31 more Western Washingtonians for Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia Sept. 26-27! When people hear that ...
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Covering the 2015 World Meeting of Families

Covering the 2015 World Meeting of Families

(Photos: Catholic News Service) Northwest Catholic's assistant editor, Kevin Birnbaum, will be traveling with the Archdiocese of Seattle's pilgrimage group to the 2015 World Meeting of Families. Stay tuned for his blog posts here, including posts about our pilgrims, speakers and events, and Pope Francis' visit to the gathering. ...
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