PHOTOS: Pope visits U.S. seminary in Rome

After a seminar on Blessed Junipero Serra at the North American College in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis visited the college to celebrate Mass for its seminarians as “a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic trip to the United States of America” in September. Full stories: http://wp.me/p5DZKA-hM and http://wp.me/p5DZKA-hR.

Pope Francis signs a guest book as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. Also pictured is Msgr. James F. Checchio, rector of the college. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis said the visit to the seminary was "a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America." (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-NAC and SERRA-NAC May 2, 2015.

Pope Francis signs a guest book as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. Also pictured is Msgr. James F. Checchio, rector of the college. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis said the visit to the seminary was “a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America.” (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 

An image of Blessed Junipero Serra, right, is seen as Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis said the visit to the seminary was "a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America." (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-NAC and SERRA-NAC May 2, 2015.

An image of Blessed Junipero Serra, right, is seen as Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis said the visit to the seminary was “a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America.” (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Seminarians attend Pope Francis' celebration of Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis said the visit to the seminary was "a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America." (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Seminarians attend Pope Francis’ celebration of Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis said the visit to the seminary was “a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America.” (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis accepts a relic of Blessed Junipero Serra from Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles at the conclusion of Mass celebrated at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. The pope said that while some people seem to relish the idea of listing Blessed Serra's defects, he wondered how many would have the courage he had to leave everything and preach the Gospel. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis accepts a relic of Blessed Junipero Serra from Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles at the conclusion of Mass celebrated at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. The pope said that while some people seem to relish the idea of listing Blessed Serra’s defects, he wondered how many would have the courage he had to leave everything and preach the Gospel. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

This is a duplicate of the reliquary and relic of Blessed Junipero Serra given by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles to Pope Francis during Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis said the visit to the seminary was "a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America." (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

This is a duplicate of the reliquary and relic of Blessed Junipero Serra given by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles to Pope Francis during Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis said the visit to the seminary was “a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America.” (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Servers walk in procession as Pope Francis concludes the celebration of Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis said the visit to the seminary was "a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America." (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Servers walk in procession as Pope Francis concludes the celebration of Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis said the visit to the seminary was “a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America.” (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis waves to seminarians lining the driveway as he leaves after celebrating Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. Also pictured are Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Msgr. James F. Checchio, rector of the college. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis said the visit to the seminary was "a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America." (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis waves to seminarians lining the driveway as he leaves after celebrating Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. Also pictured are Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Msgr. James F. Checchio, rector of the college. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis said the visit to the seminary was “a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America.” (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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