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COMPLETE COVERAGE: The Papal visit to the US
Pope Francis' three-city tour of the U.S. stems  from a pledge he made last fall to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. His Washington stop includes The White House, a canonization mass for Fr. Junipero Serra and a speech to Congress, before moving on to NYC.

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Pope Francis set to bring his message to world leaders at UN

From the world stage of the United Nations to an inner-city school, Pope Francis is emphasizing themes that have shaped his popular papacy as he packs in encounters with the powerful and the poor in New York City.

Thursday With The Pope

- Latest developments in Pope Francis' visit to the United States. All times local: 11 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo  and his longtime partner, celebrity chef Sandra Lee, had a few moments with the pope after the prayer service at St. Patrick
Barack Obama, Pope Francis
Pope And Pres.

Pope at White House: Climate change Action Can't Wait

Pope Francis opened his visit to the United States with a strong call Wednesday for action to combat climate change, calling it a problem that "can no longer be left to a future generation."

On The Liveline: Diocesan Spokesman Kevin Keenan

Pope Pictures

PICTURES: Day One, Pope Arrives in US

A selection of pictures as people line Constitution Avenue in Washington, and as the Pope arrrives in Washington DC

HEAR Niagara Univ. Pres. Fr. James Maher Outside White House For Papal Visit

Local Priest Abuse Victims Rally Around Papal Visit

(WBEN)  Two local Roman Catholics, Vanessa DeRosa and Tino Flores, plan to conduct a silent vigil this evening at 5 outside the Buffalo home of Bishop Richard Malone.    DeRosa and Flores, both alleged victims of abuse by a local priest an

On The WBEN Liveline: Fr. Francis Pizarelli, CBS Consultant

Pope, President To Seek Common Ground In Oval Office Visit

(AP)  In a moment weaving strands of politics, religion and emotion, Pope Francis and President Barack Obama are set to meet in the grandeur of the Oval Office to advance causes dear to them both. Eagerly watching will be a nation that cannot get en

Pope to canonize 18th-century missionary; not everyone happy

(AP) The first pope from the Americas is ready to elevate to sainthood an 18th-century missionary who brought Catholicism to California. Pope Francis planned to canonize Junipero Serra during a Mass on Wednesday outside the Basilica of the National Shrin

Priest Pushing Baker Sainthood: Serra Elevation Not Seen as A Boost

(WBEN) On Wednesday,  Pope Francis will canonize  Fr.  Junipero Serra, who worked in the 1700's in California . But beyond showcasing the maturity of the Roman Catholic Church in the US-- it's not a milestone that's likely to aid efforts to elevate Lackawanna's Father Nelson Baker 

An Interactive Special: The Pope In The US

INSIDE:  The schedule for the pope's trip. Learn about the places he'll visit and the events he'll be a part of

When Pope Addresses Congress, Will it Be Politics or Religion?

House Speaker John Boehner has been trying for 20 years to get a pope to come talk to Congress. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says it's "thrilling beyond words."  But there are concerns about what he might say.
Pope Francis, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama
In America

Pope Francis Arrives in US, Faces a Polarized Country

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pope Francis arrived Tuesday on the first visit of his life to the United States, bringing his "church of the poor" to the world's wealthiest superpower and a country polarized over issues closest to his heart: immigration, social injustice and economic inequality.
Papal Visit

Higgins, Local Catholic Leaders Depart to See Pope Francis

Cheektowaga, NY (WBEN) - As the Pope touched down in Washington DC, local Catholic Leaders left the Buffalo Niagara International Airport to hear his message in person.
On the Podium

UB Professor to Share Podium with Pope Francis Friday

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) When Pope Francis conducts services at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum Friday, a member of the UB Community will be just feet away from the Pontiff, sitting on the podium.
Pope Francis

Local Felician Sister Discusses Significance of Papal Visit

Buffalo, N.Y. ( WBEN) -- As a couple hundred western New Yorkers -- including Bishop Richard Malone -- make their way to Washington DC for Pope Francis's U.S. visit, a local Felician sister provides perspective on how deeply meaningful the occasion is for Catholics.
Pope Francis

Buffalo Bishop Malone Previews Papal Visit

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) -- Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard Malone is heading to Washington DC Tuesday to follow the pope's highly-anticipated U.S. visit.
Ticket Scam

BBB: Beware of Ticket Scams to See Pope in NYC

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As we await the arrival of Pope Francis in the US this week, many faithful may be taking chances to get their hands on tickets for one of the events. But the Better Business Bureau warns scammers will be abound.
Pope in Cuba

Pope likely to shift to pastoral message on 1st day in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) -- Pope Francis opens his first full day in Cuba on Sunday with what normally would be the culminating highlight of a papal visit: Mass before hundreds of thousands of people in Havana's evocative Revolution Plaza. 
Open Door

Pope: Keep Door Open to Divorced Catholics Who Remarry

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis declared on Wednesday that divorced Catholics who remarry, as well as their children, deserve better treatment from the church, warning pastors against treating these couples as if they were excommunicated.

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