Courageous prayer leads to miracles, Pope reflects

Vatican City, May 20, 2013 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged bold prayer and faithful trust in God during his homily at Mass today at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican. “A courageous prayer, that struggles to achieve a miracle,” the Bishop of Rome said May 20. “Not prayers of courtesy: 'Ah, I will pray for you,' I say an Our Father, a Hail Mary and then I forget.” Rather, he said, “strong prayer is needed. Humble and strong prayer that … [Read more...]

Pope ties Church movements Mass to Pentecost

Vatican City, May 19, 2013 / 07:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Peter’s Square was “transformed into an open-air Cenacle,” Pope Francis said after he celebrated Pentecost with Church movements. “This celebration of faith is about to end, which began yesterday with the Vigil and culminated this morning in the Eucharist. “A renewed Pentecost that has transformed St. Peter's Square into an open-air Cenacle,” Pope Francis said May 19 before reciting the … [Read more...]

Spirit’s surprises are way to happiness, Pope teaches

Vatican City, May 19, 2013 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Around 200,000 pilgrims packed St. Peter’s Square to celebrate Pentecost with Pope Francis, who called on them to be open to “God’s surprises” because they bring true happiness. “This is not a question of novelty for novelty’s sake, the search for something new to relieve our boredom, as is so often the case in our own day,” the Pope said May 19. “The newness which God brings into our … [Read more...]

Gossip is like slapping Jesus, Pope asserts

Vatican City, May 18, 2013 / 09:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke today about how gossip by Christians is a “slap” to Jesus “in the person of his children.” “All three - disinformation, defamation and slander - are sins! This is sin! It is to slap Jesus in the person of his children, his brothers,” the Pope said May 18 in the chapel of St. Martha’s House. The topic came up in Pope Francis’ homily because of the day’s Gospel … [Read more...]

American seminarians win Clericus Cup second time

Rome, Italy, May 18, 2013 / 07:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The North American Martyrs succeeded in clinching the Clericus Cup for the second year in a row, beating the seminarians from Mater Ecclesiae by a score of 1-0. The game was closely fought, with the Martyrs scoring the game’s only goal about 25 minutes into the second half on a break away down the right-hand side of the field. The match was primarily a showcase of defense, with the Martyrs appearing to have a slight edge over … [Read more...]

Pope’s mission app launch spreads Gospel

Rome, Italy, May 17, 2013 / 11:30 am (CNA).- With the touch of an iPad, Pope Francis became the first pontiff to unlock a new smartphone application and expanded the Church’s footprint in the digital world.   “I was quite anxious that we were going to get the signal and it was all going to work. Because this isn’t made up, these folks are actually waiting for the Holy Father to hit this button before it works,” said Father Andrew Small in a May 17 CNA … [Read more...]

Pope tells story of bishop who felt ‘unworthy’

Vatican City, May 17, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told the story of a man who felt ashamed of being a bishop to say that people should not worry of being sinners but should concentrate on allowing Jesus to transform them. “He was ashamed because he did not feel worthy, he had a spiritual torment and he went to the confessor,” Pope Francis said at his May 17 daily Mass. “The confessor heard him and said, ‘but do not worry, if after the mess Peter … [Read more...]