Pope Francis’ December prayers, nativity scene plans revealed

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2013 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is bringing this year to a close by offering special prayers during the month of December for children who are victims of violence, and imploring Christians to prepare for the coming of Christ.Each month this year has been dedicated to specific prayer intentions of the Holy Father, one general intention and one missionary intention.The general intention concluding the year of 2013, as published earlier this year in the … [Read more...]

International conference to explore ‘vocation’ of business

Bangkok, Thailand, Dec 1, 2013 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A conference for Catholic business leaders will meet in Thailand in March to discuss Catholic social teaching and the vocation of the business leader in the new evangelization. “With the opening of the new Asian Economic Communities in 2014, the Church has to address and prepare for the future pastoral challenges influencing every human sector,” Monsignor Andrew Vissanu Thanya Anan, the deputy secretary general of the … [Read more...]

Christian life is path of encountering Jesus, says Pope

Vatican City, Dec 1, 2013 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis traveled to an outlying parish in his Diocese of Rome today, celebrating Mass for the first Sunday of Advent as well as the sacrament of confirmation with parishioners there. The Pope’s homily focused on the idea of life as a journey of encounter with Christ. “We can ask ourselves this question: When will we meet Jesus – only at the end? No, no, no. We meet him every day. But how? In prayer. When you … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Advent is a journey towards horizon of hope

Vatican City, Dec 1, 2013 / 09:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope’s Sunday Angelus message for the start of Advent focused on the importance of hope during the liturgical season dedicated to preparing for Christmas. “For the great human family it is necessary to renew always the common horizon toward which we are journeying. The horizon of hope! This is the horizon that makes a good journey,” Pope Francis said on Dec. 1 to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square. “The … [Read more...]