John Paul II seen in Pope Francis, Vatican official reflects

Rome, Italy, Apr 2, 2013 / 10:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eighth anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s death, the Vatican official in charge of overseeing his canonization process says that people see some of him in Pope Francis. “I see that people remember his words and his gestures, and I think that in many actions you can see similarities with Pope Francis,” Monsignor Slawomir Oder told CNA April 2. “We can perceive that both are similar in their openness, in … [Read more...]

John Paul II seen in Pope Francis, Vatican official reflects

Rome, Italy, Apr 2, 2013 / 10:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eighth anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s death, the Vatican official in charge of overseeing his canonization process says that people see some of him in Pope Francis. “I see that people remember his words and his gestures, and I think that in many actions you can see similarities with Pope Francis,” Monsignor Slawomir Oder told CNA April 2. “We can perceive that both are similar in their openness, in … [Read more...]

Recognize Risen Christ in those suffering autism, Vatican says

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2013 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is observing World Autism Awareness Day by calling on Christians to recognize the Risen Christ in autistic people and increase solidarity with them.“The Council wishes to share with people who suffer because of autism, the hope and certainty that adherence to Love enables us to recognize the Risen Christ every time that he makes himself our neighbor on the journey of life,” said the president of the Pontifical … [Read more...]

Pope Francis prays at St. Peter’s tomb

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2013 / 12:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a private visit to the tomb of St. Peter on the afternoon of Easter Monday to spend time in prayer before the remains of the first pontiff.Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, his secretary Monsignor Alfred Xuereb, and two archeologists responsible for the excavations accompanied the Pope to St. Peter’s tomb in the Necropolis, a series of burial sites beneath the basilica.St. Peter … [Read more...]

Easter sacraments can revive relationships, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2013 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope told a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Regina Coeli that the grace from the sacraments received at Easter can renew relationships. “The grace contained in Easter Sacraments has a huge potential for renewal in personal life, family life and social relations,” Pope Francis said April 1 to a packed Saint Peter’s Square. He noted that “everything passes through the human heart,” and … [Read more...]

Easter sacraments can revive relationships, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2013 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope told a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Regina Coeli that the grace from the sacraments received at Easter can renew relationships. “The grace contained in Easter Sacraments has a huge potential for renewal in personal life, family life and social relations,” Pope Francis said April 1 to a packed Saint Peter’s Square. He noted that “everything passes through the human heart,” and … [Read more...]

Pope on Easter: let Christ transform us into agents of mercy

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2013 / 08:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After celebrating his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in a packed St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Pope Francis urged the faithful to let the power of Christ's resurrection enable them to work for peace. “Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the … [Read more...]


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