Members of the Notre Dame family of faith witnessed the events of Pope Francis' recent visit to the United States, and share here some stories of their encounters with the Holy Father and the Church.

What the Church is Like

As one of my students put it, “It didn’t seem like a million people. It was just people.” That is what the universal Church is like; not strangers, not crowds, just people—the body of Christ. Read more>

Into Our Real and Messy World

In reviewing the things that Pope Francis said and did during his visit, I was deeply touched by his explanation that a joyful life is not the same thing as a comfortable life. Read more>

Pray with Pope Francis

When Pope Francis gave his address at Independence Hall on Sept. 26, he led the crowd in praying the "Our Father." This is what that moment looked like. View video here>

The Gospel of the Family

The miracle of the Gospel of the Family is that it shows once again that proclaiming the Good News, evangelizing the world, is no more complicated than practicing the art of self-giving love day after day within one’s life. Read more>

Engage the World

I was pedaling as fast as I could to keep up with my roommate down Central Park West, frantically searching for a crowd indicating we were getting warmer. Read more>

Pilgrim Posts

View our social media coverage of Pope Francis' US visit with posts from the Notre Dame family describing their encounters with the pope. Join the conversation with this hashtag: #FollowFrancisND. More here.

Pilgrimage Report

Josh Noem '98, '05MDiv, editor of FaithND, is in attendance with his own family at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, and shares his experiences at the largest gathering of Catholic families the world has ever known. Read more> 

Witnessing Pope Francis Address Congress

Father Ron Nuzzi from Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives witnessed Pope Francis' address to Congress and tells us what it was like seeing this historical moment first-hand. Read more>

'Yes, I Saw Him'

Holy Cross Father Joe Corpora '76 concelebrated with Pope Francis the canonization Mass for Junipero Serra in Washington, D.C. Father Joe desperately wanted to meet the pope--this is his account of what happened. Read more>

Pope Francis in His Own Words

Full texts of all of the major addresses and homilies Pope Francis offered during his visits to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. Read more>

How to Sound Smart When Speaking About the Pope

The pope is Catholicism’s central figure, and Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. will touch the lives of Catholics in this nation and beyond. Media coverage of his visit will shape the national dialogue, so here are two things you need to know to sound smart with your friends as you talk about the pope. Read more>