Catholic high school’s first graduates celebrate in Rome

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first graduating class of the U.S.-based John Paul II Catholic High School celebrated by making a pilgrimage to Rome – a trip the students wanted and planned themselves. “We're all going separate directions and it's going to be hard to stay as close as we've been, but it's so amazing to end our experience in one of the most beautiful cities in the world,” Haylee McArthur told CNA June 11. Coming … [Read more...]

Pope’s Sri Lanka trip will be January 13-15

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2014 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The coordinator of Sri Lankan migrants in Italy has confirmed the dates announced by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for Pope Francis’ 2015 visit, during which he could canonize Sri Lankan Blessed Joseph Vaz. Msgr. Nevin Perera revealed to CNA June 11 that Pope Francis first said he would go to the country during a Feb. 8 gathering with Sri Lankans in Rome. During the audience, “the Pope said then that he was going to Sri Lanka, and … [Read more...]

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...]


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