Pope: Fear of the Lord an alarm reminding us of what’s right

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2014 / 05:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit’s gift of Fear of the Lord, saying it does not mean we should be afraid of God, but rather serves as a reminder to do the right thing. “Fear of the Lord is an ‘alarm.’ When a person is not on the right path, he settles himself in evil,” the Pope explained in his June 11 audience in St. Peter’s Square. “When he distances himself … [Read more...]

Arab Christian witnesses grace of Pope’s prayer for peace

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The inter-faith prayer for peace in the Middle East held by Pope Francis last Sunday reminds us that peace is not a work of people but a work of God, said a key participant in the event.   An Arab Christian with Israeli citizenship, Margaret Karram was the only woman in the Holy See delegation for the prayer held in the Vatican's Gardens June 8.   “I have lived in the Holy Land most of my life, and when I arrived … [Read more...]

UN deplores gruesome rape, murder of teenage girls in India

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2014 / 08:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has decried the rape and murder of two Indian teens, stating that the crime is inhumane and the government is being dismissive. “In just the last two weeks, we have seen despicable attacks against women and girls around the world – from Nigeria to Pakistan and from California to India,” Ki-moon said in a June 3 statement made at the launch of a video campaign on ending sexual … [Read more...]

Pope Francis continues rest due to ‘a minor indisposition’

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2014 / 07:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the cancellation of his public commitments yesterday morning due to tiredness, Pope Francis has decided to continue his rest today with no appointments, but will continue tomorrow as usual. “He is not sick and there is nothing serious, but he had a minor indisposition and because of this he felt that it was better to give up some commitments yesterday and the celebration of the Mass with the general public this morning in … [Read more...]

Christianity meant to be practiced not imagined, says Pope

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2014 / 08:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis centered his daily homily on the Beatitudes, stating that they are Jesus’ practical guide on how to live the Christian life, which often goes against what the world tells us. The beatitudes are a “program,” the “identity card of a Christian,” the Pope explained in his June 9 daily Mass, adding that they are “few words, simple words, but practical for all.” “Because … [Read more...]

Pope Francis postpones meetings due to tiredness

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2014 / 05:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi S.J. has announced that Pope Francis canceled his meetings today in order to rest following prayer for peace in the Vatican gardens last evening. “Pope Francis canceled the meetings of the second part of the morning because of a minor indisposition,” the spokesman told journalists in a June 9 press conference, noting that “yesterday the Pope was very tired because of the prayer … [Read more...]

Italian officer: Being a policeman isn’t a job, it’s a way of life

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During an audience with Pope Francis and the policeman of Italy, a young officer explained that his job is in fact a lifestyle of service, in which he is constantly attentive to the needs of others. Speaking with CNA, Matteo Gianerelli said that he decided to be a policeman “because my father was. He is an example for me, so I want to follow him in this job, which is not a job but a way of life.” Gianerelli was present … [Read more...]