Papal agency working to help displaced Syrians

New York City, N.Y., Mar 19, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Near East Welfare Association is working with local Churches in and around Syria to help refugees and those who have been displaced by the country's civil war, now beginning its third year. “Our concern is not just for the Christian community, but for all people who are caught in the middle; the vast majority of people in Syria, as in any part of the world, just want peace,” Michael La Civita, the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis honored in special Buenos Aires Mass

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mar 19, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, apostolic nuncio to Argentina, celebrated a special Mass of Thanksgiving to offer gratitude and prayers for Pope Francis as he begins his papacy.The March 17 Mass at the Cathedral of Buenos Aires began a three-day period of prayer for Pope Francis that culminated on March 19 with the official inauguration of his Pontificate.The hundreds of faithful gathered for the Mass broke out in applause numerous … [Read more...]

Francis’ papal symbols linked to past Popes

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2013 / 01:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Pope Francis was installed as Bishop of Rome today, the two major symbols of the authority he received were connected to previous Popes. The inauguration ceremony began with Pope Francis visiting the tomb of St. Peter. He then processed out to the square, with the patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches carrying the Book of the Gospels, his pallium and the Fisherman’s ring. As the procession made its way, a choir sang a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis will attend World Youth Day, officials confirm

Rome, Italy, Mar 19, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the Brazilian bishops’ conference, Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis, has confirmed that Pope Francis will travel to Brazil in July to participate in World Youth Day 2013.The statements by the Archbishop of Aparecida concur with recent statements by the Archbishop of Rio, who said Benedict XVI told him that either he or his successor would be present for the event.Cardinal Damasceno, who was still in Rome after … [Read more...]

Pope sends love to Argentina before inauguration

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2013 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After asking Argentinians not to come to Rome and give to the poor instead, Pope Francis called a large gathering to tell them he loves them and needs their prayers.“Do not forget this bishop who is far but loves you a lot” and “pray for me” were the last words of the message he delivered with a 3:30 a.m. telephone call.Thousands of his countrymen gathered at the Plaza de Mayo in the country’s capital, … [Read more...]

Pilgrim at Pope’s Mass: ‘Today everyone feels Argentinian’

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2013 / 07:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Everyone felt a little Argentinian and extremely happy today, according to members of diverse religious orders who attended the Pope’s installation Mass this morning. “Today everyone feels Argentinian, or at least us Latin Americans do,” said Peruvian priest Father Jose Tola at Saint Peter’s Square. “I’m extremely happy and excited,” he told CNA during the March 19 inauguration Mass of Pope … [Read more...]

Architect says Churches must be beautiful to reflect faith

South Bend, Ind., Mar 19, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA).- Because they help impart the Catholic faith to the world, Church buildings have a responsibility to reflect God's beauty, says architect and author Duncan Stroik. “You learn your faith through the (church) building; they're sermons in stone, and that's why they're so important,” Stroik, a professor at the University of Notre Dame's School of Architecture, told CNA March 14. “There's no question in … [Read more...]