Tourists and pilgrims pray for peace at Vatican vigil

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2013 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the sun set over St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Rhode Islander Angeline Martin stood in line for confession and prepared to join Pope Francis in a world-wide prayer vigil for peace.Martin, 34, was on vacation in Tuscany with family members from around the world when her mother sent her an email about the Sept. 7 vigil. “We re-arranged our plans to come here,” she said.Martin said her family’s roots in … [Read more...]

Embrace peace, Pope tells massive prayer vigil

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2013 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing myriad people in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis denounced war as a “defeat for humanity” and called on world leaders and individual Christians alike to rebuild a “shattered” harmony.“Let us pray for reconciliation and peace,” the Pope exhorted the crowds. “Let us work for reconciliation and peace, and let us all become, in every place, men and women of reconciliation and … [Read more...]

Diverse Singapore parish blooming during Year of Faith

Singapore, Sep 7, 2013 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Through a special website and numerous events to help offer catechesis, Risen Christ parish in central Singapore has promoted spiritual growth for its diverse parishioners throughout the Year of Faith.“It is important for us that the Faith has to be shared and we can’t take it for granted,” Fr. John Sim, pastor and head of the Year of Faith committee at Risen Christ, told CNA Aug 31.When Benedict XVI announced the Year … [Read more...]

Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2013 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on Saturday, Pope Francis reflected on the question of authentic Christianity and rejected the practice of focusing more on devotions than on Christ himself.Jesus is “the center” of faith, said the Pope. “A commandment is valid if it comes from Jesus: I do this because the Lord wants me to do this. But if I am a Christian without Christ, I do this and I don’t know why I have to do it,” he … [Read more...]

Pope Francis carries forward papal commitment to peace

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2013 / 06:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In calling for a day of fasting and prayer for peace on Sept. 7, Pope Francis is following a long tradition of Popes showing a deep commitment to peace.   There is “an evolution of the theology of peace” from the pontificate of Pope Pius IX to that of Pope Francis, says Jesuit Fr. Francesco Occhetta, of Italy’s “La Civiltà Cattolica” review.   From the mid- to late-1800s, Pope Pius IX … [Read more...]