Fraternity is the ‘foundation’ of peace, Pope’s message says

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2013 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' first message for the World Day of Peace was issued today by the Vatican, revealing the pontiff's special emphasis on fostering greater global fraternity in the process of obtaining peace. The Dec. 12 presentation of the Pope's message showed how he refers to fraternity as “an essential human quality,” which he elaborates on in several key areas of society. The theme of the upcoming day, which … [Read more...]

God speaks to us ‘with the voice of a child,’ Pope reflects

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2013 / 07:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on how God lowers himself to converse on our level, and encouraged those present to make more moments of silence in order to prepare for the birth of Jesus. “When we look at a father or a mother who speaks to their little child,” the Pope explained in his Dec. 12 daily homily, “we see that they become little and speak with a voice of a child and with the manners of … [Read more...]

Mary’s ‘embrace’ shows unity of the Americas, says Pope

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2013 / 06:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the end of his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on tomorrow’s feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, extending his greetings to all on the American continent. “Mary’s embrace showed what America – North and South – is called to be: a land where different peoples come together,” the Pope explained after his Dec. 11 general audience address. Following his discourse given … [Read more...]

Pope: Final Judgment brings comfort, despite our fears

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2013 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience Pope Francis reflected that the reality of the Final Judgment allows us to trust in God even if we are afraid, emphasizing also that our judgment begins each day through the way we live.“Dear brothers and sisters, reflecting on the final judgment – despite that it instinctively raises a certain fear in us – gives elements of comfort and trust,” the Pope said in his Dec. 11 Wednesday … [Read more...]

Focolare Movement asks that founder’s cause be opened

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2013 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Focolare Movement, an organization dedicated to unity among all peoples, has requested that Bishop Raffaello Martinelli of Frascati begin an inquiry into the life of its founder, Chiara Lubich. “This act invites us all to a life of greater holiness, lived day by day to contribute towards collective sanctity, that sanctity of the people so dear to Chiara's heart,” said Maria Voce, president of the movement, Dec. … [Read more...]

Do not fear the tender consolation of God, Pope says

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2013 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis dedicated his homily this morning to discussing the consolation of God, noting that it brings hope and that we should be open to the comfort that he desires to give each of us personally. “May the Lord give to all of us the grace to not be afraid of the consolation of the Lord,” the Pope reflected in his Dec. 10 homily, “to be open: ask for it, seek it, because it is a consolation that will give us hope, … [Read more...]

Pope: do not fear the tender consolation of God

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2013 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This morning, Pope Francis dedicated his homily to the solace given by the Lord, explaining that it brings hope and that we should be open to the comfort that he desires to give each of us personally. “May the Lord give to all of us the grace to not be afraid of the consolation of the Lord,” the Pope reflected in his Dec. 10 homily, “to be open: ask for it, seek it, because it is a consolation that will give us hope, … [Read more...]


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