Pope challenges clergy to engage women, youth in church future

September 26, 2015 9:18 PM

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PHILADELPHIA — When masons built the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul where Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Saturday, they placed clerestory windows only in the basilica's uppermost story, fearful that anti-Catholic sentiment at the time would lead to vandalism.

Times have changed since the 1840s, when just 100,000 Catholics called Philadelphia home, and Pope Francis in a powerful homily delivered during the Mass urged church leaders in the United States to tear down those "high walls and windows" to create a more welcoming and engaged church.

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