Project Mater – an oasis of help for pregnant mothers

Madrid, Spain, Aug 2, 2016 / 12:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Maria* has not had an easy life. Several years ago, while pregnant with her second child, she checked into a detox center for those with drug addictions. Social services had already taken temporary custody of her first child, as she was in no condition to take care of her.But determination and the help of Project Mater has made it possible for her to move forward. The 32-year-old is now rehabilitated and receives help from the … [Read more...]

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WYD Panama will ‘revitalize’ Church in Central America

Krakow, Poland, Aug 1, 2016 / 04:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After Pope Francis announced Panama as the host of the next World Youth Day, the country’s bishops said the decision is a reflection of his attention to the peripheries and voiced their hope to be a “bridge” for those who come from all continents.“I think that it will be an occasion a revitalization of the Church in general, and for the youth in particular … not just from Panama, but from Central America … [Read more...]

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Muslims in France, Italy attend Mass in solidarity with Fr Hamel

Paris, France, Aug 1, 2016 / 11:55 am (CNA).- Following the murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel by terrorists who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, Muslims across France and Italy attended Mass on Sunday in a show of solidarity with Catholics.“We're very touched. It's an important gesture of fraternity,” Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen told a French television station July 31, the BBC reported.“They've told us, and I think they're sincere, that it's … [Read more...]

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How Pope Francis thinks you should prep for WYD in Panama

Krakow, Poland, Jul 31, 2016 / 01:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- How can young people prepare for the next World Youth Day, Pope Francis asks? Remember the past, be courageous in the present, and have hope for the future.The Pope made these impromptu remarks just before catching his departing flight to Rome July 31 during a meeting with the 20,000 volunteers who served at this year's WYD in Krakow.Sunday’s meeting came just hours after the official closing Mass for the international youth … [Read more...]

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Pope to young people: Not one of you is insignificant

Krakow, Poland, Jul 31, 2016 / 03:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Our true identity cannot be lived out in glum negativity, but only in the knowledge that, in God's eyes, our value cannot be measured; no one is insignificant. Pope Francis made these remarks on Sunday to at least 1.5 million young people gathered in Krakow for the final Mass of World Youth Day (WYD).“God loves us the way we are, and no sin, fault or mistake of ours makes him change his mind,” the Pope said in his homily … [Read more...]

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This young postulant says ‘don’t be afraid’ of God’s calling

Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Many things happen during World Youth Day. Young people from all over the world travel to meet the Pope, they meet peers with whom they can share their faith, many have personal conversions and many even discover their vocations.In fact, one of the things WYD is most known for, aside from the mass numbers it attracts, is the emphasis it places on vocations.Not only are thousands of priests and religious present for the event, but … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis tells scores of young people to avoid ‘sofa happiness’

Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis challenged massive crowds of young people at World Youth Day's final vigil to step away from the “sofa” of comfort and convenience, and respond to Christ's call to transform a suffering world.“Today Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life, is calling you to leave your mark on history,” the Pope told the estimated 1.6 million people attending Saturday's vigil at the “Campus … [Read more...]

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