The humble speak for God, Pope says at Czestochowa

Czestochowa, Poland, Jul 28, 2016 / 04:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Those who embrace their own littleness become the “spokespersons” of God, Pope Francis said during Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, celebrating the 1050 anniversary of Poland becoming a Christian nation. It was the first major event of the Pope's trip to the country for the 31st World Youth Day.“To be attracted by power, by grandeur, by appearances, is tragically human,” the pontiff said in … [Read more...]

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French pilgrims pedal their way to World Youth Day

Krakow, Poland, Jul 28, 2016 / 03:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pilgrims from across the globe travel to World Youth Day by plane, train and automobile. But not Victor Jacquemont, Antoine Lescuyer, and Humbert Canot.The three young men, all in their early twenties, traveled from Paris to Krakow by biking 1,134 miles.Their 18-day journey – starting on July 4 – took them across France, Germany, Czech Republic, and Prague.The men told CNA they had a small tent in tow but also asked for … [Read more...]

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Syrian brothers reunite at WYD, and ask the world to pray

Krakow, Poland, Jul 28, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at World Youth Day are two brothers, recently reunited.“I’m from Syria,” Yousef Astfan, 34, told CNA. “It’s been divided.”Yousef first attended World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011. Now he’s in Krakow with his brother, 25-year-old Al Astfan, a first-time attendee who loves the event.“It’s great. It’s such a great opportunity to meet … [Read more...]

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In first balcony talk, Pope tells youth to ‘make chaos’

Krakow, Poland, Jul 27, 2016 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On his first night in Krakow Pope Francis was already stirring things up with participants in WYD by hosting an off-the-cuff Q and A and telling them to ‘make chaos’ by spreading the joy of their faith.“You must do your duty and make chaos all night. Show your Christian joy, the joy the Lord gave you to be in the community who follows Jesus,” the Pope told those participating in World Youth Day after arriving to … [Read more...]

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What Pope Francis told young immigrants in Texas

Rome, Italy, Jul 27, 2016 / 11:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As thousands of youth gather in Krakow this week for World Youth Day with Pope Francis, hundreds of undocumented immigrants in Texas who couldn't make it got a special message from the pontiff.“Dear youth of the diocese of Brownsville…I want to be close to you. I want to tell you to always look forward, always look to the horizon. Don’t let life put walls in front of you, always look to the horizon,” the Pope … [Read more...]

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Nun who escaped with her life talks about ISIS attack in France

Paris, France, Jul 27, 2016 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sister Danielle, one of the religious who was held hostage by ISIS at a church in France, was able to escape in a moment of inattention by the terrorists and alert the police.However, they were not able to arrive in time to save the life of 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel.Speaking to RMC Radio, the sister related the incident that led to the death of the first priest at the hands of ISIS in Europe and which left another person … [Read more...]

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Francis to Polish leaders: Remember the past, but look to the future

Krakow, Poland, Jul 27, 2016 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After landing in Krakow on Wednesday, Pope Francis told Polish leaders to take a look at their history and use it as an inspiration to take the good and leave the bad behind, including when it comes to modern-day issues such as migration.“Memory is the hallmark of the Polish people,” the Pope told national leaders after his arrival to Krakow July 27.He said he was always impressed by Pope St. John Paul II, a Polish native, … [Read more...]

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