Italy’s Orvieto miracle inspires thousands during jubilee

Rome, Italy, Oct 7, 2013 / 06:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of the jubilee instituted by Benedict XVI in honor of the Eucharistic miracle in Orvieto, Italy, the number of pilgrims coming to the area has increased, deepening the faith of those who come. “It just makes you thankful that you can come somewhere where these things have happened that just reiterate the faith. It’s so real, it’s so tangible,” Jenna Schaffer of San Francisco, Calif., told CNA Oct. … [Read more...]

Legion of Christ general chapter announced for January

Rome, Italy, Oct 5, 2013 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Papal delegate overseeing the Legion of Christ has announced that the order's general chapter will commence Jan. 8, 2014, to establish new constitutions for the order and to elect its new leaders. “The General Chapter should represent the whole institute and be 'a true sign of its unity in charity,'” Cardinal Velasio De Paolis wrote in an Oct. 4 letter to the Legionaries of Christ. “The upcoming … [Read more...]

Holocaust survivor thanks Pope for Church’s aid in WWII

Assisi, Italy, Oct 5, 2013 / 05:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The last living person whom the Bishop of Assisi saved from being killed during the Holocaust met with Pope Francis yesterday, thanking him for the Church's role in protecting her people.“Thank you for what the Church did for us,” Graziella Viterbi, 88, told Pope Francis Oct. 4 at the archbishop's residence in Assisi, where her family fled as refugees in 1943.“I thank you,” Pope Francis replied. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis entreats youth not to fear commitment

Assisi, Italy, Oct 4, 2013 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis concluded his one-day pilgrimage to Assisi with a visit to young people, encouraging them to reject a “provisional culture” that fears making definitive commitments.“I want to tell you not to be afraid of taking definitive steps in life,” he said to the cheering crowds of youth on Oct. 4. “Jesus didn't save us provisionally, he saved us definitively!”The Pope spoke of how both the … [Read more...]

‘Be antennas’ to receive the word of God, Pope exhorts

Assisi, Italy, Oct 4, 2013 / 10:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting with priests and religious during his visit to Assisi, Pope Francis urged the professed to listen and be receptive to the Lord, as well as be missionaries who accompany their people. “It's not enough to read the scriptures, we must hear Jesus speaking in them, we have to be antennas that receive, tuned to the word of God, to be transmitting antennas!” The Holy Father directed his Oct. 4 comments to the … [Read more...]

Pope: we must ‘undress’ ourselves of worldliness like St. Francis

Assisi, Italy, Oct 4, 2013 / 04:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis said that Christians should follow the example of the great saint by stripping themselves of a spirit of worldliness. “All of us must undress ourselves from this worldliness: the spirit contrary to the spirit of the beatitudes, the spirit contrary to the spirit of Jesus,” he said Oct. 4 to a group of bishops and poor individuals gathered in Assisi. The Pope's speech, … [Read more...]

Peace comes by embracing the cross, Pope says at Assisi

Assisi, Italy, Oct 4, 2013 / 04:18 am (CNA).- During his visit to Assisi, Pope Francis told Mass attendees that true peace can only be attained by drawing close to the crucified Lord, stressing the importance of having a relationship with him. “What is the peace which (Saint) Francis received, experienced and lived, and which he passes on to us? It is the peace of Christ, which is born of the greatest love of all, the love of the cross,” he said. Pope Francis celebrated his … [Read more...]