Themes for upcoming World Youth Days announced

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2013 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier today it was disclosed that Pope Francis has decided on the themes of the next three World Youth Days, which will mark a spiritual preparation for the international event to be held in Krakow in 2016.World Youth Day (WYD) is a gathering of youths from all over the world to meet with the Pope in order to build and strengthen the bonds of faith, friendship and hope, symbolizing the union between people of different cultures and … [Read more...]

Pope Francis embraces man with tumorous disease

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2013 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- At the end of the Nov. 6 general audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis drew attention by warmly embracing a man who suffers from a rare disease causing neuronal tumors all over his body.The man was identified as suffering from neurofibromatosis, which causes great pain and can result in impaired vision, learning impairnment, and even cancer, according to non-profit research group Mayo Clinic. Treatment of the condition is very … [Read more...]

New book aims to re-kindle biblical meditation

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2013 / 09:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The American Bible Society has released a new study guide on how to pray Lectio Divina with the hope that the manual’s readers will obtain a deeper appreciation for the Word of God.“It has made me appreciate the Bible much more first of all. I think that for me it's a way of anchoring my prayer in the word of God that is transmitted to us through the Bible,” Fr. Stephan Pisano told CNA in an Oct. 30 interview.Fr. … [Read more...]

Charity is the ‘greatest richness’ of Church, says Pope

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2013 / 05:58 am (CNA).- During his general audience today, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of participating in the Church’s spiritual goods in order to grow closer to God as a community in charity.“Charity is the greatest richness of the Church. Living Communion in charity means not looking for one’s own interest, but rather to be capable of sharing the joys and sufferings of brethren; to be capable of carrying one another’s … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Christians are ‘called to a party’

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2013 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis said that at the essence of Christianity is an invitation to the Lord’s feast, emphasizing that we cannot be passive in front of the Lord’s call.“You are invited to join in the feast, to the joy of being saved, to the joy of being redeemed, to the joy of sharing life with Christ. This is a joy! You are called to a party!” the Pope exclaimed in his Nov. 5 homily.The reflections … [Read more...]

Vatican releases preparatory document for synod on family

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2013 / 08:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a press conference Tuesday, the Vatican released the official preparatory document on the upcoming synod of bishops on the family, revealing key topics of the meeting's discussions. “The document contains, as well as a general presentation on the matter, various essential Biblical and Magisterial quotations on the theme as well as a questionnaire on the main challenges regarding the family,” Cardinal Péter Erdo … [Read more...]

Pope: our strength, hope is in the mercy of God

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2013 / 12:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a special Mass honoring all of the bishops and cardinals who have died during the past year, Pope Francis emphasized that nothing can separate us from the love of our merciful God.“It is not by chance that Jesus wanted to preserve the wounds on his hands to make us feel his mercy. This is our strength and our hope!” the Pope said during his homily at a Nov. 4 Mass at the Altar of the Chair inside St. Peter’s … [Read more...]


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