Pres. Obama & First Lady Michelle welcomes His Holiness Pope Francis

First Lady Michelle, His Holiness Pope Francis and Pres Obama
First Lady Michelle, His Holiness Pope Francis and Pres Obama

March 26, 2015

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis

The President and the First Lady will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday, September 23. During the visit, the President and the Pope will continue the dialogue, which they began during the President’s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues, including caring for the marginalized and the poor; advancing economic opportunity for all; serving as good stewards of the environment; protecting religious minorities and promoting religious freedom around the world; and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities. The President looks forward to continuing this conversation with the Holy Father during his first visit to the United States as Pope.

For more: http://go.wh.gov/PopeVisit

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June 18, 2015

Statement by the President on Pope Francis’s Encyclical

I welcome His Holiness Pope Francis’s encyclical, and deeply admire the Pope’s decision to make the case – clearly, powerfully, and with the full moral authority of his position – for action on global climate change.

As Pope Francis so eloquently stated this morning, we have a profound responsibility to protect our children, and our children’s children, from the damaging impacts of climate change. I believe the United States must be a leader in this effort, which is why I am committed to taking bold actions at home and abroad to cut carbon pollution, to increase clean energy and energy efficiency, to build resilience in vulnerable communities, and to encourage responsible stewardship of our natural resources. We must also protect the world’s poor, who have done the least to contribute to this looming crisis and stand to lose the most if we fail to avert it.

I look forward to discussing these issues with Pope Francis when he visits the White House in September. And as we prepare for global climate negotiations in Paris this December, it is my hope that all world leaders–and all God’s children–will reflect on Pope Francis’s call to come together to care for our common home.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/18/statement-president-pope-francis’s-encyclical

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His Holiness Pope Francis in the USA

September 22, 2015

President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr Biden welcomes His Holiness Pope Francis, Joint Base Andrews, Washington DC

September 23, 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis speaks with the U.S. Bishops, St. Matthew’s Cathedral Washington, D.C.

President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr Biden welcomes His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House, South Lawn

 President Obama and His Holiness Pope Francis holds a bilateral meeting, Rose Garden, Washington, DC

 President Obama and His Holiness Pope Francis tour the Ellipse and parts of the National Mall, Washington, DC

 His Holiness Pope Francis holds mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC

September 24, 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC

 His Holiness Pope Francis holds Midday Prayer with U.S. bishops, Saint Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington, DC

 His Holiness Pope Francis visits St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in D.C. and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Washington, DC

His Holiness Pope Francis has lunch with  200 people who are homeless or living in poverty, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Washington DC

 His Holiness Pope Francis visits St. Patrick’s Catholic Church  and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Washington, DC

 His Holiness Pope Francis holds evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, NY

September 25, 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis addresses the United Nations, New York, NY

His Holiness Pope Francis attends an interfaith service at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, New York City, NY

His Holiness Pope Francis visits Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem, NY

His Holiness Pope Francis rides in the Papal motorcade through Central Park, NY

His Holiness Pope Francis holds mass in Madison Square Garden,  New York, NY

September 26, 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis holds mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, PA

His Holiness Pope Francis addresses the crowd, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA

His Holiness Pope Francis attends The Festival of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

September 27, 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis meets with international bishops, St. Martin’s Chapel, Philadelphia, PA

 His Holiness Pope Francis visits prisoners at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, Philadelphia, PA

His Holiness Pope Francis holds a Papal Mass at World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

His Holiness Pope Francis visits with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families at Atlantic Aviation,  Philadelphia, PA

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25 thoughts on “Pres. Obama & First Lady Michelle welcomes His Holiness Pope Francis

  1. WH

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    9:00 AM
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ National HBCU Week Annual Conference
    Washington, DC

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    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the George W. Bush Institute’s Global Women’s Network Summit
    Washington, DC

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    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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    President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr Biden welcomes Pope Francis
    Joint Base Andrews, Washington DC

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  2. President Obama & First Lady Michelle welcomes His Holiness Pope Francis

    March 26, 2015

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis

    The President and the First Lady will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday, September 23. During the visit, the President and the Pope will continue the dialogue, which they began during the President’s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues, including caring for the marginalized and the poor; advancing economic opportunity for all; serving as good stewards of the environment; protecting religious minorities and promoting religious freedom around the world; and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities. The President looks forward to continuing this conversation with the Holy Father during his first visit to the United States as Pope.

    • March 13, 2013

      Statement from the President on His Holiness Pope Francis

      On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy. As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than two thousand years—that in each other we see the face of God. As the first pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world, and alongside millions of Hispanic Americans, those of us in the United States share the joy of this historic day. Just as I appreciated our work with Pope Benedict XVI, I look forward to working with His Holiness to advance peace, security and dignity for our fellow human beings, regardless of their faith. We join with people around the world in offering our prayers for the Holy Father as he begins the sacred work of leading the Catholic Church in our modern world.

    • June 18, 2015

      Statement by the President on Pope Francis’s Encyclical

      I welcome His Holiness Pope Francis’s encyclical, and deeply admire the Pope’s decision to make the case – clearly, powerfully, and with the full moral authority of his position – for action on global climate change.

      As Pope Francis so eloquently stated this morning, we have a profound responsibility to protect our children, and our children’s children, from the damaging impacts of climate change. I believe the United States must be a leader in this effort, which is why I am committed to taking bold actions at home and abroad to cut carbon pollution, to increase clean energy and energy efficiency, to build resilience in vulnerable communities, and to encourage responsible stewardship of our natural resources. We must also protect the world’s poor, who have done the least to contribute to this looming crisis and stand to lose the most if we fail to avert it.

      I look forward to discussing these issues with Pope Francis when he visits the White House in September. And as we prepare for global climate negotiations in Paris this December, it is my hope that all world leaders–and all God’s children–will reflect on Pope Francis’s call to come together to care for our common home.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/18/statement-president-pope-francis’s-encyclical

    • President Obama, the First Lady, Vice President Biden & Dr. Biden Greet His Holiness Pope Francis

      Published on Sep 22, 2015

      The President, First Lady, Vice President and Dr. Biden, along with their children and several other greeters, attend the arrival ceremony of His Holiness Pope Francis at Joint Base Andrews.

    • September 23, 2015

      Remarks by President Obama and His Holiness Pope Francis at Arrival Ceremony

      South Lawn

      9:32 A.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning.

      AUDIENCE: Good morning! (Applause.)

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: What a beautiful day the Lord has made. Holy Father, on behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House. (Applause.) I should explain that our backyard is not typically this crowded — (laughter) — but the size and spirit of today’s gathering is just a small reflection of the deep devotion of some 70 million American Catholics. (Applause.) It reflects, as well, the way that your message of love and hope has inspired so many people across our nation and around the world. So on behalf of the American people, it is my great honor and privilege to welcome you to the United States of America. (Applause.)

      Today, we mark many firsts. Your Holiness, you have been celebrated as the first Pope from the Americas. (Applause.) This is your first visit to the United States. (Applause.) And you are also the first pontiff to share an encyclical through a Twitter account. (Laughter.)

      Holy Father, your visit not only allows us, in some small way, to reciprocate the extraordinary hospitality that you extended to me at the Vatican last year. It also reveals how much all Americans, from every background and every faith, value the role that the Catholic Church plays in strengthening America. (Applause.) From my time working in impoverished neighborhoods with the Catholic Church in Chicago, to my travels as President, I’ve seen firsthand how, every single day, Catholic communities, priests, nuns, laity are feeding the hungry, healing the sick, sheltering the homeless, educating our children, and fortifying the faith that sustains so many.

      And what is true in America is true around the world. From the busy streets of Buenos Aires to the remote villages in Kenya, Catholic organizations serve the poor, minister to prisoners, build schools, build homes, operate orphanages and hospitals. And just as the Church has stood with those struggling to break the chains of poverty, the Church so often has given voice and hope to those seeking to break the chains of violence and oppression.

      And yet, I believe the excitement around your visit, Holy Father, must be attributed not only to your role as Pope, but to your unique qualities as a person. (Applause.) In your humility, your embrace of simplicity, in the gentleness of your words and the generosity of your spirit, we see a living example of Jesus’ teachings, a leader whose moral authority comes not just through words but also through deeds. (Applause.)

      You call on all of us, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, to put the “least of these” at the center of our concerns. You remind us that in the eyes of God our measure as individuals, and our measure as a society, is not determined by wealth or power or station or celebrity, but by how well we hew to Scripture’s call to lift up the poor and the marginalized — (applause) — to stand up for justice and against inequality, and to ensure that every human being is able to live in dignity –- because we are all made in the image of God. (Applause.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/23/remarks-president-obama-and-his-holiness-pope-francis-arrival-ceremony

    • 9:45 AM ET
      President Obama and His Holiness Pope Francis tour the Ellipse and parts of the National Mall, Washington, DC

    • President Obama and His Holiness Pope Francis holds a bilateral meeting, Rose Garden, Washington, DC

      Published on Sep 23, 2015

      Pope Francis and President Obama walk the colonnade of the White House and meet in the Oval Office. September 23, 2015.

    • President Obama, Pope Francis Exchange Gifts At White House

      Sep 23, 2015, 11:43 AM ET By ARLETTE SAENZ – abc

      What does the leader of the free world give the leader of the Catholic Church?

      President Obama and Pope Francis privately engaged in the traditional diplomatic gift exchange as they marked the pontiff’s first visit to the White House.

      The president presented the pope with a one-of-a-kind sculpture of an ascending dove, which serves as an international symbol of peace as well as the Christian symbol for the Holy Spirit, a White House official said.

      The sculpture incorporates “an original armature bar from the Statue of Liberty” which was preserved from the statue’s centennial restoration. The pedestal on which the sculpture sits was made of “historic wood reclaimed from the White House lawn,” and includes a personal inscription marking the occasion.

      “This custom gift honors His Holiness’ tireless advocacy for the world’s most vulnerable,” the White House official said.

      The president also gave Pope Francis a 206-year-old key from the home of Elizabeth Ann Seton, who was the first native-born American to be declared a saint and was canonized 40 years ago.

      The key was placed on a piece of marble from the Basilica of the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

      “This gift honors His Holiness Pope Francis’ designation of 2015 as the Year of Consecrated Life and celebrates both His Holiness’ and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s dedication to opening doors for the poor, sick, and vulnerable,” the White House official said.

      Pope Francis gifted Obama a bronze bas-relief plaque commemorating the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, where the pope will celebrate Mass on Sunday.

      For more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-obama-pope-francis-exchange-gifts-white-house/story?id=33976627

  3. Tuesday, September 22
    11:00 AM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the George W. Bush Institute’s Global Women’s Network Summit
    Washington, DC

    As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, the First Lady will participate in the George W. Bush Institute’s Global Women’s Network Summit. The First Lady will join the Summit virtually for a conversation with former First Lady Laura Bush to discuss the importance of empowering adolescent girls and ensuring educational opportunities. The conversation will be moderated by a young Afghan woman who is a recent graduate of the American University of Afghanistan. The First Lady participated in the Bush Institute’s first Summit while in Tanzania in 2013, and the second Summit in Washington D.C. last summer at the Kennedy Center.

    Livestream: http://www.bushcenter.org/newsroom

    • September 22, 2015

      Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at The Bush Institute’s Global Woman’s Network Summit

      Via Videoconference

      10:55 A.M. EDT

      MRS. BUSH: Thank you so much, Onaba. Thank you for joining us today, for moderating this conversation between me and Mrs. Michelle Obama. I think Michelle Obama has already been watching us. There she is. Hey, Michelle! Good to see you. (Applause.)

      MRS. OBAMA: Great to see you, Laura. Hi, everyone. First let me apologize that I couldn’t be there with you guys in person. But I’m excited to be a part of the conversation, so thanks so much.

      MRS. BUSH: Well, this really works out perfectly because this summit is about how to use new technology and innovation for First Ladies and their staffs. And so it’s perfect that we can use this new technology now to videoconference in.

      Our moderator, Onaba, is here with me. She’s the valedictorian of her class at the American University in Afghanistan. And this is really good news — she’s a new Fulbright scholar. So that’s terrific. So, Onaba, thank you. (Applause.)

      MS. PAYAB: Thank you for much for the honor of moderating the conversation with you and Mrs. Obama. I am so excited to have this opportunity to discuss innovation and technology, in particular in the context of global girls’ education, an issue I know you both have spent a great deal of time championing.

      My first question is for Mrs. Obama. Mrs. Obama, as First Lady of the United States, you have focused on encouraging young people of the United States to complete their education past high school, and you have also focused on expanding access to education for girls abroad. Why is this so important to you?

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, Onaba, thank you first of all for moderating the panel. Congratulations on everything that you’re doing. I wish I could be there in person to congratulate you, but we’ve got a visitor coming. You may have heard of the Pope. (Laughter.) So I wanted to make sure that I was here.

      But for me, to answer your question, the issue of adolescent girls’ education is really personal. Growing up, most of you probably know my family didn’t have much money. And neither of my parents were able to get a college degree, and there were plenty of people in my life who made me feel like a girl with a background like mine just wasn’t equipped to go to college.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/22/remarks-first-lady-michelle-obama-bush-institutes-global-womans-network

  4. WH

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
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    President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr Biden welcomes His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House
    South Lawn

    9:15 AM
    President Obama and Pope Francis delivered remarks at a ceremony to welcome the pontiff
    South Lawn

    9:45 AM
    President Obama and His Holiness Pope Francis tour the Ellipse and parts of the National Mall, Washington, DC

    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    President Obama and His Holiness Pope Francis holds a bilateral meeting, Rose Garden, Washington, DC

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  5. September 22, 2015

    Statement by the President on Yom Kippur

    As Jews across America, Israel, and the world gather for the sacred service of Kol Nidre, Michelle and I extend our wishes for an easy fast to all those observing Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement is a time for humility, reflection and repentance, a chance to be honest with ourselves and one another about our shortcomings. Yet Yom Kippur is also a day of hope. Through our prayers and through our actions, as individuals and as a community, we can better bridge the realities of our world with the ideals and values we share. On this special day, may our common humanity unite us, and may our common faith in a better future inspire us to continue healing our world. G’mar Chatimah Tovah.

  6. MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest Weekly Survey, Purchase Applications up 27% YoY

    9/23/2015 07:04:00 AM by Bill McBride – calculatedrisk

    Mortgage applications increased 13.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 18, 2015. The previous week’s results included an adjustment for the Labor Day holiday. …

    The Refinance Index increased 18 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 9 percent from one week earlier to its highest level since June 2015. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 20 percent compared with the previous week and was 27 percent higher than the same week one year ago.

    Read more: http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2015/09/mba-mortgage-applications-increase-in_23.html

  7. Googleplex hosts Texan teen clockmaker Ahmed Mohamed

    Septmber 23, 2015 By Matt O’Brienmobrien – mercurynews

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Teacher doesn’t like the homemade contraption you brought to class? Try telling Google co-founder Sergey Brin about it instead.

    One week after 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was detained for showing his high school teachers in Texas a clock they mistook for a bomb prank, the teenager was getting the VIP treatment in Silicon Valley, meeting with Brin and attending an annual youth science fair at the tech giant’s corporate campus.

    Writing that she was was glad the clockmaker “took us up on our invite to attend this year’s event,” Mariette DiChristina, editor of Scientific American and the contest’s chief judge, said in a blog post that “curious young scientists, inventors and builders like him should be encouraged and empowered.”

    It was a whirlwind trip for Ahmed, who tweeted he was “Going to Cali!!!” early Sunday morning, made a sightseeing detour through San Francisco, stopped at In-N-Out Burger and spent hours mingling with fellow science-loving teens from around the world who convened Monday at the Googleplex for the science competition.

    Winning the contest’s $50,000 grand prize was Connecticut high schooler Olivia Hallisey, who created a new way to detect Ebola. Other finalists won awards for projects that tackled Alzheimer’s Disease, vaccine transportation and clean drinking water.

    For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_28859821/googleplex-hosts-texan-teen-clockmaker-ahmed-mohamed

    • We Stand with Ahmed (and We Hope He’ll Join Us for Astronomy Night):

      SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 AT 8:00 PM ET BY DJ PATIL

      Summary: U.S. Chief Data Scientist D.J. Patil shares why he's proud to see people across the country standing up for innovation and intellectual curiosity today.

      Yesterday, a 14-year-old student named Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing his engineering project (an electronic clock) to his high school. Officials mistook it for a bomb.

      When I was growing up, my friends and I were fortunate to know how to use soldiering irons, circuit boards, and even a bit of duct tape when nothing else worked. We played, experimented, and learned through trial and error. The best part? When I brought my work in, my teachers loved it. And thanks to them it fed my desire to embrace science, engineering, and technology. That learning to play with technology and curiosity has helped me on every step of my journey so far.

      That’s why I’m so proud to see people across the country standing up for the innovation and intellectual curiosity that Ahmed has shown.

      That includes the President:

      And he's not the only one. Today, Dr. John Holdren — the President's top science advisor — reached out to Ahmed and personally invited him to come to join us at the White House Astronomy Night on October 19, where we'll bring together scientists, engineers, and visionaries from astronomy and the space industry, along with students and teachers. They'll share their experiences and spend an evening stargazing from the South Lawn.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/09/16/we-stand-ahmed-and-we-hope-hell-join-us-astronomy-night

  8. Vatican: Pope met with gay student, partner in Davis twist

    10/2/15 By NICOLE WINFIELD – Associated Press
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    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Friday distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk at the center of the U.S. gay marriage debate, saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted as he left Washington and that their encounter “should not be considered a form of support of her position.”

    And in a new twist, the Vatican revealed that the “only real audience” Francis had in Washington was with a former student and his family, who later identified himself as Yayo Grassi, an openly gay Argentine who met the pope with his longtime partner and some friends.

    The revelations turned the table on the narrative of Davis’ encounter, making clear that Francis wanted another meeting to come to light: that of an old student and his “family,” who happens to be gay.

    The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Francis met with “several dozen” people at the Vatican’s embassy in Washington just before leaving for New York. Lombardi said such meetings are normal on any Vatican trip and are due to the pope’s “kindness and availability.”

    And Lombardi said Davis’ “brief” meeting that afternoon was by no means a papal endorsement of her cause.

    “The pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects,” Lombardi said.

    “The only real audience granted by the pope at the nunciature was with one of his former students and his family,” Lombardi added.

    Lombardi didn’t reveal who the student was, but the man subsequently came forward: In a video posted online, Grassi is shown entering the embassy, embracing his former teacher and introducing Francis to his partner, whom Francis recognized from a previous meeting, and a few friends from Asia.

    A Vatican assistant spokesman, the Rev. Thomas Rosica, confirmed that the former student was indeed Grassi.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/vatican-popes-visit-davis-not-form-support-092505075.html

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