Pope: Presentation of Jesus joins young, old

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2014 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ Sunday homily reflected on the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, noting how the event shows both young and old people joyous in their faithfulness to God. The Pope said the Presentation is “a meeting between the young full of joy in observing the Law of the Lord and the elderly full of joy by the action of the Holy Spirit.” “It is a singular meeting between observance and prophecy,” he … [Read more...]

Consecrated life is a gift from God, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2014 / 08:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke emphatically about the importance of religious life during his Sunday Angelus message. “Every consecrated person is a gift for the People of God on a journey. There is much need of their presence, that strengthens and renews the commitment to spread the gospel, to Christian education, to charity for the most needy, to contemplative prayer; the commitment to a human and spiritual formation of young people, of … [Read more...]

Bishops say South Sudan faces decisive moment after conflict

Juba, South Sudan, Feb 2, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of Sudan and South Sudan have said South Sudan is at a turning point, urging repentance and reconciliation after an outbreak of violence killed hundreds of people. “We are convinced that we stand at a decisive moment in the history of South Sudan. Fundamental choices must be made about how we deal with our past and present history, about how we govern ourselves as a nation, about how state institutions … [Read more...]

Catholics’ celebration of Lunar New Year centers on family

Bangkok, Thailand, Feb 1, 2014 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- East Asian Catholics celebrating the Lunar New Year this weekend are focused on family ties and charity, particularly in the dioceses of Thailand. “Family is the nucleus and the heritage of Asian spirituality and culture,” Bishop Joseph Sirisut of Nakhon Ratchasima, a city 160 miles northeast of Bangkok, told CNA Jan. 31. He said that for some Thai Catholics, the importance of the Lunar New Year celebration is derived … [Read more...]

Evangelize with love, Pope urges missionary families

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2014 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis held an audience with missionary families from around the world Feb. 1, encouraging them to spread the gospel with great charity. “Evangelize with love, carry to all the love of God. Tell everyone you meet on the streets of your mission (and) that God loves man as he is, even with his limitations, his mistakes and his sins,” the Pope urged members of the Neocatechumenal Way. Saturday’s meeting in the Paul … [Read more...]

Pope may visit Turin in 2015 to remember St John Bosco’s birth

Turin, Italy, Feb 1, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis may visit the Italian city of Turin in 2015 for the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, and for an exposition of the Shroud of Turin, believed to be Christ's burial cloth. The news has been circulating this week in Turin, the saint's adopted home where he founded the Salesians, focusing on his feast day, celebrated Jan. 31. St. John Bosco dedicated himself to the betterment of … [Read more...]


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