Don’t waste your life seeking ’empty thrills’, Pope tells youth

Krakow, Poland, Jul 28, 2016 / 11:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For young people who have given up on life, or who waste their existence seeking out “empty thrills,” Pope Francis proposes an alternative: Look to Christ, for only he can bring lasting fulfillment.“Jesus can give you true passion for life” and “can inspire us not to settle for less, but to give the very best of ourselves,” the Pope said July 28 during a massive welcoming ceremony at Krakow's … [Read more...]

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Don’t waste your life seeking ’empty thrills’, Pope tells youth

Krakow, Poland, Jul 28, 2016 / 11:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For young people who have given up on life, or who waste their existence seeking out “empty thrills,” Pope Francis proposes an alternative: Look to Christ, for only he can bring lasting fulfillment.“Jesus can give you true passion for life” and “can inspire us not to settle for less, but to give the very best of ourselves,” the Pope said July 28 during a massive welcoming ceremony at Krakow's … [Read more...]

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Pa. Supreme Court lets stand ruling that priest’s trial was tainted

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 28, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court let stand July 26 a ruling that prosecutors in a Philadelphia priest’s trial used prejudicial evidence related to clergy sex abuse.Philadelphia’s district attorney must now decide whether to re-try Monsignor William J. Lynn.The priest was not accused of sexually abusing children. However, he was convicted on one felony count of child endangerment for failing to protect children from an … [Read more...]

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The humble speak for God, Pope says at Czestochowa

Czestochowa, Poland, Jul 28, 2016 / 04:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Those who embrace their own littleness become the “spokespersons” of God, Pope Francis said during Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, celebrating the 1050 anniversary of Poland becoming a Christian nation. It was the first major event of the Pope's trip to the country for the 31st World Youth Day.“To be attracted by power, by grandeur, by appearances, is tragically human,” the pontiff said in … [Read more...]

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French pilgrims pedal their way to World Youth Day

Krakow, Poland, Jul 28, 2016 / 03:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pilgrims from across the globe travel to World Youth Day by plane, train and automobile. But not Victor Jacquemont, Antoine Lescuyer, and Humbert Canot.The three young men, all in their early twenties, traveled from Paris to Krakow by biking 1,134 miles.Their 18-day journey – starting on July 4 – took them across France, Germany, Czech Republic, and Prague.The men told CNA they had a small tent in tow but also asked for … [Read more...]

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Syrian brothers reunite at WYD, and ask the world to pray

Krakow, Poland, Jul 28, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at World Youth Day are two brothers, recently reunited.“I’m from Syria,” Yousef Astfan, 34, told CNA. “It’s been divided.”Yousef first attended World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011. Now he’s in Krakow with his brother, 25-year-old Al Astfan, a first-time attendee who loves the event.“It’s great. It’s such a great opportunity to meet … [Read more...]

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In first balcony talk, Pope tells youth to ‘make chaos’

Krakow, Poland, Jul 27, 2016 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On his first night in Krakow Pope Francis was already stirring things up with participants in WYD by hosting an off-the-cuff Q and A and telling them to ‘make chaos’ by spreading the joy of their faith.“You must do your duty and make chaos all night. Show your Christian joy, the joy the Lord gave you to be in the community who follows Jesus,” the Pope told those participating in World Youth Day after arriving to … [Read more...]

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