Pope prays for peace with Israeli and Palestinian presidents

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis welcomed the presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican on Sunday evening for an unprecedented meeting of prayer, the “Invocation for Peace.” Joined by the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, the three leaders prayed for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East. “I am profoundly grateful to you for accepting my invitation to come here and to join in imploring from God the gift … [Read more...]

Three faiths pray for Holy Land peace

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 11:33 am (CNA).- Representatives of Judaism, Christianity and Islam said prayers from their respective religious communities at Sunday’s historic “Invocation for Peace” at the Vatican, praying for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East. The meeting gathered in one place Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I. The June 8 meeting in the … [Read more...]

Reject mediocrity, Pope encourages young pilgrims

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday evening made a phone call to a group of young Italians who were on pilgrimage, encouraging them to embrace hope in God and reject mediocrity. “Don’t let yourselves be discouraged by failure or anxiousness that wants to remove your dreams, that wants to close you into its dark mentality rather than letting you fly in the light of hope. Please, do not fall into mediocrity, into that mediocrity that … [Read more...]

Reject mediocrity, Pope encourages young pilgrims

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday evening made a phone call to a group of young Italians who were on pilgrimage, encouraging them to embrace hope in God and reject mediocrity. “Don’t let yourselves be discouraged by failure or anxiousness that wants to remove your dreams, that wants to close you into its dark mentality rather than letting you fly in the light of hope. Please, do not fall into mediocrity, into that mediocrity that … [Read more...]

Holy Spirit enlivens Church, preaches Pope on Pentecost

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA).- On the feast of Pentecost, Pope Francis focused his homily and Angelus address on the work of the Holy Spirit in guiding and giving life to the Church. The first Pentecost “does not remain only limited to that moment, but is an event that is renewed and renews itself again. Christ, glorified at the right (hand) of the Father, continues to realize his promise, sending the Holy Spirit to enliven the Church who teaches us, reminds us, and makes … [Read more...]

Pope encourages athletes to play for the Church

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2014 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Youth from around Italy turned St. Peter’s Square into a giant playing field on Saturday as they ran relays, played basketball and performed karate on a day dedicated to the celebration of sports. As the Pope arrived in the overflowing square participants welcomed him as their “captain.” He thanked them for the honor. “As captain I urge you not to block yourselves off in defense, but to come on the offense, to … [Read more...]

Pope Francis accepts invitation to visit Mexico

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2014 / 11:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- President Enrique Peña Nieto on Saturday announced that Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Mexico. “Without doubt, this is cause for great joy,” President Peña Nieto declared after telling reporters the Pope “has accepted the invitation.” The president made the announcement after his private meeting with the pontiff in the Apostolic Palace. The dates for the visit are not known, … [Read more...]


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