Welcome Jesus as a friend, Pope encourages at Easter Vigil

Vatican City, Mar 30, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called on Christians to let the risen Jesus enter their lives and to welcome him with trust as a friend during the Church's most holy night of the year. “If up until now you have kept him at a distance, step forward...he will receive you with open arms,” Pope Francis said at Saint Peter's Basilica during the Easter Vigil Mass. “If you have been indifferent, take a risk, you won’t be … [Read more...]

Welcome Jesus as a friend, Pope urges at Easter Vigil Mass

Vatican City, Mar 30, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called on Christians to let the risen Jesus enter their lives and to welcome him as a friend with trust during the Church's most holy night of the year. “If up until now you have kept him at a distance, step forward...he will receive you with open arms,” Pope Francis said at Saint Peter's Basilica during the Easter Vigil Mass. “If you have been indifferent, take a risk, you won’t be … [Read more...]

Super Bowl winner looks back with thanks

Grapevine, Texas, Mar 30, 2013 / 11:01 am (CNA).- Faith has always played a significant role in many NFL players lives. In this era, New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow is famous for displaying his faith on the field by kneeling and praying.But did you know that many NFL players spend a significant amount of time praying and worshiping God?Maury Buford, owner of Buford Roofing in North Texas, is one example.Buford was a punter in the National Football League for the San Diego … [Read more...]

Roman baker sells Easter cakes to commemorate Vatican basilica

Rome, Italy, Mar 30, 2013 / 08:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Italians are known for their food, and at Easter time one Roman baker is putting his craft on display by making cakes to commemorate Saint Peter’s Basilica and remind people of the Holy Spirit. “We call it ‘Cupolone’ (dome) to recall Catholicism and the Holy Spirit,” said Angelo Colapicchioni, an Italian baker who grew up next to the Vatican. The big sweet cakes have a similar texture to bread but with a … [Read more...]

Thousands pray Way of the Cross with Pope

Vatican City, Mar 29, 2013 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis presided over the Way of the Cross at the place where early Christians were martyred, recalling the Passion of Christ.“Christians must respond to evil with good, taking the Cross upon themselves as Jesus did,” the Pope said at Rome’s Coliseum on March 29.“One word should suffice this evening, that is the Cross itself,” he said. “The Cross is the word through which God has responded to … [Read more...]

Papal preacher urges Church to remove barriers to the Gospel

Vatican City, Mar 29, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa urged Catholics to seize “this moment in which a new time is opening for the Church” and remove any obstacles that stand in the way of sharing Christ. “May the Holy Spirit, in this moment in which a new time is opening for the Church, full of hope, reawaken in men who are at the window with the expectancy of a message, and in the messengers the will to make it … [Read more...]

Youths who wrote Good Friday meditations ask for peace

Rome, Italy, Mar 29, 2013 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leader of the Lebanese youth groups that wrote the meditations for today’s Via Crucis at the Coliseum said they focus on unity and peace between Christians and Muslims. “Benedict told us, ‘I want you, youth, Christian and Muslims, to testify to a new Orient saying no to war and yes to peace,’ so that is our aim, our prayer and our hope,” explained Father Toufic Bou Hadir, the general coordinator for … [Read more...]


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