Pope Francis’ style changes papal flight

Vatican City, Jul 22, 2013 / 05:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As he boarded the plane for Rio de Janeiro and the 28th World Youth Day, Pope Francis brought his down-to-earth approach with him, carrying his own bag and opting for individual conversations with journalists instead of the typical press conference. The first visible sign of Pope Francis’ simplicity appeared as boarded the papal plane, an Alitalia Airbus 330, at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on Monday morning with a black leather … [Read more...]

Pope prays for WYD before famous Marian image

Rome, Italy, Jul 21, 2013 / 12:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two days before his departure to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for World Youth Day, Pope Francis made a surprise trip Saturday to Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major in order to ask for Mary’s intercession.The Pope entered through the side door of the basilica. He spoke a few words to the faithful gathered there.  He asked them to accompany him “with prayers, trust and penance” for World Youth Day.Pope Francis spent … [Read more...]

Always unite prayer and action, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jul 21, 2013 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis told crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square to unite prayer and action in Christian life.“Prayer that doesn’t lead to concrete action toward our brothers is a fruitless and incomplete prayer,” the Pope said July 21. “But at the same time, when ecclesial service only attends to work, not reserving time for dialogue with God in prayer, it risks serving itself rather … [Read more...]

Cardinal says two soon-to-be saint Popes had ‘great affinity’

Vatican City, Jul 20, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A member of the Vatican department in charge of canonization says that John XXIII and John Paul II, both expected to be proclaimed saints later this year, were very similar in character and mission.   “There is a great affinity between the two Popes,” said Cardinal Angelo Comastri, member of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints. “John XXIII felt the need to re-translate the Gospel in an accessible … [Read more...]

Flash mob organizers hope to unite WYD crowds in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 19, 2013 / 02:08 pm (CNA).- Organizers of a massive flash mob in Brazil hope that some two million young people from around the world will dance for Pope Francis before the start of the closing Mass for World Youth Day 2013.“The idea of the flash mob is to show that together we can show the world something, that we are able to say something to the world. To show unity, that we think together,” said Edson Erdmann, artistic director for the events at … [Read more...]

‘Everything is lost in war,’ Pope says of WWII church bombing

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis echoed the words of World War II pontiff Pius XII in a message today marking 70 years since the Basilica of San Lorenzo bombing in Rome. “The memory of the bombing of that dramatic day resonates once again in each of the words of Pope Pius XII, 'nothing is lost with peace, everything can be lost with war,'” Pope Francis said on July 19. “Peace is a gift of God, to find such open hearts to receive … [Read more...]

Pope Francis prays with Benedict XVI before World Youth Day

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2013 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with former pontiff Benedict XVI today to pray for his trip to Brazil and for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro next week. The Pope also brought Benedict XVI the itinerary of his journey so that he could participate spiritually as well as follow the live broadcast of the event. Pope Francis visited Benedict shortly after 4:00 p.m. local time at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, where the former Pope moved to live just a … [Read more...]


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