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For youth in Krakow, seeing Pope Francis will be ‘out of this world’

Krakow, Poland, Jul 25, 2016 / 02:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As thousands of youth are setting foot in Krakow for World Youth Day, many voiced their excitement not only to meet peers who share the same faith, but above all to see Pope Francis in person.For Ernest, a young pilgrim traveling from Zimbabwe, “that feeling is going to be out of this world. It’s going to be out of this world.”In July 25 comments to CNA, Ernest said that he’s always seen the Pope on TV, but … [Read more...]

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Americans support higher standards for abortion clinics, poll finds

New Haven, Conn., Jul 25, 2016 / 12:47 pm (CNA).- A new poll released Monday found that overwhelming majority of Americans believe abortion clinics should be held to the same medical and safety standards as other outpatient surgery centers.The survey follows last month’s Supreme Court ruling striking down a Texas law regulating abortion clinics on the grounds that it placed an “undue burden” on a women’s “right to an abortion.”The case had challenged two … [Read more...]

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Youngest US track Olympian relies on God when times get tough

Newark, N.J., Jul 24, 2016 / 03:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sydney McLaughlin has not had an easy year.In recent months, she fell ill with mononucleosis, her mother suffered a heart attack, and she underwent a nervous breakdown before a major qualifying track competition.So when she became the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic track and field team on July 10, the victory was extra sweet.What gets 16-year-old McLaughlin through the stress and pressure that inevitably comes with competing with … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for pilgrims en route to Krakow for WYD

Vatican City, Jul 24, 2016 / 10:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has asked for prayers as he, and all the pilgrims attending this year's World Youth Day, prepare to make their way to Krakow, Poland for the international event.The Pope, who leaves Wednesday, said Sunday that he is traveling to Krakow in order “to encounter these boys and girls,” as well as “to celebrate with them and for them the Jubilee of Mercy, through the intercession of St. John Paul … [Read more...]

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Pope responds to violence in Munich and Kabul with call for more prayer

Vatican City, Jul 24, 2016 / 06:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis responded to recent acts of violence in Germany and Afghanistan, expressing his closeness to the families of the victims, and stressing the importance of prayer in the face of threats against “safety and peace.”“At this time, our spirit is once more shaken by the sad news relating to the deplorable acts of terrorism and violence which have caused suffering and death,” the Pope said in an … [Read more...]

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Racial tensions spark day of prayer, peace task force with US bishops

Washington D.C., Jul 23, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After several shootings and increased racial tensions around the country, the head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a national day of prayer and appointed a task force devoted to peace and unity."I have stressed the need to look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity, and … [Read more...]

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Munich archbishop expresses ‘profound grief’ over deadly shooting

Munich, Germany, Jul 23, 2016 / 08:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of Munich has called for prayers for the victims of Friday’s deadly shooting at a shopping mall, and condemned acts of violence which “poison” society with fear."This horrific crime deeply affects me and fills me with profound grief", Cardinal Reinhard Marx is quoted as saying in a July 23 statement by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising."My prayers are with the victims and their … [Read more...]

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