Pope’s U.S. visit: Six full days in September and the impact continues

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December 16, 2015

Pope Francis addresses U.S. President Barack Obama and guests during a welcoming  ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Sept. 23. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-WHITE-HOUSE Sept. 23, 2015.

Pope Francis addresses U.S. President Barack Obama and guests during a welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Sept. 23. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis’ U.S. visit — Sept. 22-27 — was so full, “each day was like a week,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Any one of his public events would have made the trip worthwhile, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, but he noted that what will stand out the most from the visit were the pope’s “personal opportunities to be with people that are not the influential, but the forgotten.”

The archbishop, in a Nov. 18 interview during the bishops’ fall meeting in Baltimore, said the pope brought Catholics together with a “sense of fervor and enthusiasm” that will continue to benefit both the U.S. church and the pope, who was “encouraged by his interaction with us.”

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