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Archbishop Wilton Gregory

 Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory was the main celebrant and homilist for the second annual Red Mass in 2007 at Sacred Heart Church, Atlanta.
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As Christians began to observe Holy Week, the leader of the world's Catholics was preparing for a two-day visit to Egypt despite the recent deadly bombings at Christian churches there. Among other things, the April 28-29 visit by Pope Francis is aimed at further improving relations between the Catholic Church and the world's Muslims.

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This week, a federal judge in Hawaii temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised order on travel and immigration.  The renewed legal battle comes at a time when Atlanta area religious leaders are working out their messages to their congregations, about the president's order--and about immigration in general.

On the day the judge in Hawaii issued the temporary block on the president's order, WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Atlanta Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory at the archdiocese office in Smyrna.

Pope Francis delivers his message on the occasion of an audience with participants of Rome's diocese convention in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 14, 2015.
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In June, Pope Francis wrote a letter to Catholic bishops, called an encyclical, which stressed the need to address climate change.

The 192-page letter, called "Laudato Si," urges people to take action to protect the planet.

Pope Francis leaves after a meeting with a group of Cuban youth in Havana, Cuba, Sunday Sept. 20, 2015. Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro on Sunday before finishing the day with a vespers service in Havana's cathedral, and a meeting with the youths. In t
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Atlantans will be among the throngs crowding to see Pope Francis on his U.S. visit this week.

Napoleon D'Cunha is a graduate student at Georgia Tech. On Thursday, he plans to head to Philadelphia with a group of fellow students.

“It's just something about him,” he said. “That just like captures your soul. His messages are really simple and beautiful. It's about love; it's about mercy."

The chaplain at the Georgia Tech Catholic Center, Father Josh Allen, is also going. He said he's looking forward to joining the huge crowds.

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Standing before the doors of the church, Al Calsetta, right, chair of the parish council, shakes hands with Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory after handing over the keys of the church to him at the St. Francis of Assisi Church dedication.
Michael Alexander / Georgia Bulletin

Pope Francis travels to the United States later this month in his first ever trip to the U.S. The pontiff’s five-day visit includes stops in Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia where the pope is expected  to attract thousands of the faithful everywhere he goes.

Among other engagements on his itinerary, Pope Francis will address both Congress and the United Nations, celebrate masses in all three cities and visit the 9/11 memorial in New York.

Archbishop Gregory extends a blessing to a girl too young to receive holy Communion at the St. Francis of Assisi Church dedication.
Michael Alexander / Georgia Bulletin

Pope Francis makes his first trip to the United States later this month. During his visit, the first Latin-American pope will make stops in Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia.

The pope will arrive in the U.S. for a five day visit on Sept. 22 at Joint Base Andrews in Washington. His arrival comes on the heels of several major announcements by the Roman Catholic Church that jolted followers around the world.

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The St. John Paul II Pastoral Center, a Roman Catholic mission, sits at the rough end of a former strip mall in the shadow of an Arby's. The space, church leaders say, was once used as a nightclub and movie theater, a history now hidden by multiple coats of paint, pews brought in from other congregations, and a stone-and-wood shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas especially revered by Mexicans.

The new Buckhead residence for Atlanta's Catholic Archbishop, which has caused a debate around the nation, and among Atlanta's Catholics.
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Atlanta Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory recently apologized to the area's Catholics, for his decision to spend $2.2 million on a new archbishop's residence in a mansion in Buckhead

The Archbishop has indicated he may end up selling the home, after consulting with advisory groups composed of clergy and lay church members.