Three faiths pray for Holy Land peace

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 11:33 am (CNA).- Representatives of Judaism, Christianity and Islam said prayers from their respective religious communities at Sunday’s historic “Invocation for Peace” at the Vatican, praying for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East. The meeting gathered in one place Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I. The June 8 meeting in the … [Read more...]

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Reject mediocrity, Pope encourages young pilgrims

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday evening made a phone call to a group of young Italians who were on pilgrimage, encouraging them to embrace hope in God and reject mediocrity. “Don’t let yourselves be discouraged by failure or anxiousness that wants to remove your dreams, that wants to close you into its dark mentality rather than letting you fly in the light of hope. Please, do not fall into mediocrity, into that mediocrity that … [Read more...]

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Reject mediocrity, Pope encourages young pilgrims

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday evening made a phone call to a group of young Italians who were on pilgrimage, encouraging them to embrace hope in God and reject mediocrity. “Don’t let yourselves be discouraged by failure or anxiousness that wants to remove your dreams, that wants to close you into its dark mentality rather than letting you fly in the light of hope. Please, do not fall into mediocrity, into that mediocrity that … [Read more...]

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Holy Spirit enlivens Church, preaches Pope on Pentecost

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA).- On the feast of Pentecost, Pope Francis focused his homily and Angelus address on the work of the Holy Spirit in guiding and giving life to the Church. The first Pentecost “does not remain only limited to that moment, but is an event that is renewed and renews itself again. Christ, glorified at the right (hand) of the Father, continues to realize his promise, sending the Holy Spirit to enliven the Church who teaches us, reminds us, and makes … [Read more...]

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Central African Republic still seeking peace amid violent attacks

Bangui, Central African Republic, Jun 8, 2014 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following continued attacks on churches in the Central African Republic, the country still looks forward to a return to a peaceful and stable society, a priest stationed in the country told Catholic aid workers. “We hope that the refugees will soon be able to return home, but no end is in sight,” said Father Federico Trinchero in a June 3 interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, adding … [Read more...]

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Opus Dei prelate beatification expected to draw 100,000 attendees

Madrid, Spain, Jun 7, 2014 / 05:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The first successor of St. Josemaria Escriva as leader of Opus Dei, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, will be beatified Sept. 27 in Madrid at a ceremony that is expected to bring together nearly 100,000 faithful. The prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, will preside at the beatification. Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid will concelebrate, along with the current prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop … [Read more...]

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Pope encourages athletes to play for the Church

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2014 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Youth from around Italy turned St. Peter’s Square into a giant playing field on Saturday as they ran relays, played basketball and performed karate on a day dedicated to the celebration of sports. As the Pope arrived in the overflowing square participants welcomed him as their “captain.” He thanked them for the honor. “As captain I urge you not to block yourselves off in defense, but to come on the offense, to … [Read more...]

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