Are you suffering? Jesus is with you, Pope Francis says

Krakow, Poland, Jul 29, 2016 / 11:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Way of the Cross shows Christ's embrace of everyone who hungers, suffers, and dies – and the imperative for Christians to do works of mercy. Those were Pope Francis’ words for young people at World Youth Day in Krakow on Friday.“Jesus himself chose to identify with these our brothers and sisters enduring pain and anguish by agreeing to tread the ‘way of sorrows’ that led to Calvary,” the Pope … [Read more...]

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Francis’ message to young Cubans: Dream of a better world

Krakow, Poland, Jul 29, 2016 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent a video message to Cuban youth unable to attend World Youth Day on Friday, encouraging them to have hope and to bring the Gospel to life.“Young Cubans: open yourselves to great things! Do not be afraid,” the Pope said July 29 in his message to the some 1,400 youth who are gathered in Havana for a celebration that coincides with World Youth Day.“Dream that with you, the world can be different! Dream … [Read more...]

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WYD panel discusses worldwide state of religious freedom

Krakow, Poland, Jul 29, 2016 / 10:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The day after a priest was brutally murdered in France, a panel at World Youth Day in Poland discussed the importance of religious freedom worldwide.The panel left an Iraqi archbishop deeply impressed at how Catholic youth from around the world \are not only aware of the persecution of Christians – particularly in the Middle East – at the hands of ISIS, but are anxious to demonstrate their solidarity.Archbishop Bashar … [Read more...]

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WYD panel discusses worldwide state of religious freedom

Krakow, Poland, Jul 29, 2016 / 10:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The day after a priest was brutally murdered in France, a panel at World Youth Day in Poland discussed the importance of religious freedom worldwide.The panel left an Iraqi archbishop deeply impressed at how Catholic youth from around the world \are not only aware of the persecution of Christians – particularly in the Middle East – at the hands of ISIS, but are anxious to demonstrate their solidarity.Archbishop Bashar … [Read more...]

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The Pope’s powerful words at a children’s hospital in Poland

Krakow, Poland, Jul 29, 2016 / 09:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis paid a visit to the patients of a children's hospital in Krakow on Friday, where he expressed his solidarity with the sick and lauded the hospital in its caring for “the smallest and most needy,” showing his gratitude to those present for “this sign of love.”“To serve with love and tenderness persons who need our help makes all of us grow in humanity. It opens before us the way to eternal … [Read more...]

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At Auschwitz, Pope prays for God’s forgiveness

Krakow, Poland, Jul 29, 2016 / 05:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis paid a solemn visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps on Friday, where over a million people are believed to have lost their lives. At the memorials, he gave no speech and prayed in silence, but instead wrote in the guest book two simple lines begging for God's mercy and forgiveness."Lord have mercy on your people! Lord, forgiveness for so much cruelty!" the Pope wrote in the “Memory … [Read more...]

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At Auschwitz, Pope prays for God’s forgiveness

Krakow, Poland, Jul 29, 2016 / 05:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis paid a solemn visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps on Friday, where over a million people are believed to have lost their lives. At the memorials, he gave no speech and prayed in silence, but instead wrote in the guest book two simple lines begging for God's mercy and forgiveness."Lord have mercy on your people! Lord, forgiveness for so much cruelty!" the Pope wrote in the “Memory … [Read more...]

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