WYD pilgrims help rebuild quake-damaged Chilean church

Santiago, Chile, Jul 21, 2013 / 06:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Forty Australian World Youth Day pilgrims made a special stop in Chile on Saturday to help rebuild a 200-year-old church that was totally destroyed in a massive earthquake three years ago.“We have been bringing youth to help rebuild this parish ever since the 2010 earthquake,” said Matías Quer, Missions Coordinator for the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae in Chile. “Although we have made a lot of progress, there … [Read more...]

Past World Youth Day attendees recall finding vocations

Denver, Colo., Jul 21, 2013 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As huge crowds of youth flock to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day 2013, some participants from past years are currently living out vocations discovered at the global youth events.Sr. Kathryn Maney of the Marian Sisters of Lincoln, Neb., says that at the 1993 World Youth Day in Denver, she saw the joy and peace of religious sisters and that it “drew my heart.”Begun in 1986 by Blessed John Paul II, World Youth Day takes … [Read more...]

Pope prays for WYD before famous Marian image

Rome, Italy, Jul 21, 2013 / 12:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two days before his departure to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for World Youth Day, Pope Francis made a surprise trip Saturday to Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major in order to ask for Mary’s intercession.The Pope entered through the side door of the basilica. He spoke a few words to the faithful gathered there.  He asked them to accompany him “with prayers, trust and penance” for World Youth Day.Pope Francis spent … [Read more...]

Always unite prayer and action, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jul 21, 2013 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis told crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square to unite prayer and action in Christian life.“Prayer that doesn’t lead to concrete action toward our brothers is a fruitless and incomplete prayer,” the Pope said July 21. “But at the same time, when ecclesial service only attends to work, not reserving time for dialogue with God in prayer, it risks serving itself rather … [Read more...]

New translation tells ‘forgotten history’ of Cristero uprising

New Haven, Conn., Jul 21, 2013 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The story of the persecution of Mexican Catholics in the 1920s is being told anew, in an English translation of a book by a scholar of Mexican culture and history. “This was a period of enormous suffering and loss of life, as the government of Mexico in the 1920s sought to all but extinguish the faith that was fervently practiced and loved by the people,” Joseph Cullen, senior communications specialist with the Knights of … [Read more...]

Vatican prompts prayer app update in time for World Youth Day

Dallas, Texas, Jul 20, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Major updates to a popular Catholic prayer application for smart phones have been completed just in time for World Youth Day, at the Vatican’s request.   “Basically, it’s a completely new initiative with a new platform,” Andres Ruzo, developer of the “Ignio” prayer app, told CNA July 16. Ignio, an app that serves as a kind of Catholic prayer network, has undergone some major changes since the Vatican … [Read more...]

Playing major league ball a ‘miracle,’ first baseman says

Houston, Texas, Jul 20, 2013 / 01:15 pm (CNA).- Houston Astros first baseman Carlos Peña has a passion for the game of baseball. The Dominican American Major League Baseball star said the game was a big part of his life growing up.“When I was growing up in the Dominic Republic, baseball was considered the main sport,” Peña said.  “My father introduced me to the sport and then I grew up to love it.  With the support of my father and my mother, I … [Read more...]