Nitty-gritty ministry: Pope in Africa applies Gospel to real life

Pope Francis kisses a baby as he visits the Zimpeto Hospital outside Maputo, Mozambique, Sept. 6, 2019.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While Pope Francis' comments on U.S. criticism of his papacy drew the biggest headlines during his visit to Africa, the Masses he celebrated in Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius drew the biggest crowds.

Memories of 9/11 attacks linger for former fire department chaplain

Theresa Stack stands behind the casket with remains of her husband, Battalion Chief Lawrence T. Stack of the New York Fire Department, as it is carried from Sts. Philip & James Church in St. James, N.Y., June 17, 2016.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CNS) — Msgr. John Delendick, a longtime New York Fire Department chaplain who is currently pastor of St. Jude Church in Brooklyn, remembers Sept. 11, 2001, vividly.

Florida senators ask Trump to waive visa requirements for some Bahamians

 Residents wait to be evacuated at the airport in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, Sept. 7, 2019, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

MIAMI (CNS) — In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, two Florida Republican senators have asked President Donald Trump to waive or suspend certain visa requirements for Bahamian citizens with relatives residing in the U.S.