Pope Francis’ December prayers, nativity scene plans revealed

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2013 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is bringing this year to a close by offering special prayers during the month of December for children who are victims of violence, and imploring Christians to prepare for the coming of Christ.Each month this year has been dedicated to specific prayer intentions of the Holy Father, one general intention and one missionary intention.The general intention concluding the year of 2013, as published earlier this year in the … [Read more...]

Christian life is path of encountering Jesus, says Pope

Vatican City, Dec 1, 2013 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis traveled to an outlying parish in his Diocese of Rome today, celebrating Mass for the first Sunday of Advent as well as the sacrament of confirmation with parishioners there. The Pope’s homily focused on the idea of life as a journey of encounter with Christ. “We can ask ourselves this question: When will we meet Jesus – only at the end? No, no, no. We meet him every day. But how? In prayer. When you … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Advent is a journey towards horizon of hope

Vatican City, Dec 1, 2013 / 09:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope’s Sunday Angelus message for the start of Advent focused on the importance of hope during the liturgical season dedicated to preparing for Christmas. “For the great human family it is necessary to renew always the common horizon toward which we are journeying. The horizon of hope! This is the horizon that makes a good journey,” Pope Francis said on Dec. 1 to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square. “The … [Read more...]

Pope expresses hope for reunion with Orthodox Patriarch

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2013 / 03:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent special greetings to the Archbishop of Constantinople today, expressing his desire for continued dialogue between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. “You Holiness, beloved brother in Christ, this is the first time that I address you on the occasion of the feast of the Apostle Andrew, the first-called. I take this opportunity to assure you of my intention to pursue fraternal relations between the Church of Rome … [Read more...]

Be counter-cultural, Pope encourages university students

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2013 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During evening prayer with local college students on Nov. 30, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of remaining faithful to the truth in the face of modern ideologies. “If you don’t let yourselves be conditioned by prevailing opinions, but remain faithful to Christian ethical and religious principles, you will find the courage even to go against the current,” he said in his homily at St. Peter’s … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Use intelligence to understand signs of the times

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2013 / 09:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of man's intellect in understanding the Lord, and cautioned those present against “restricted” thought which keeps us focused on ourselves. “What path does the Lord want? Always with the spirit of intelligence with which to understand the signs of the times. It is beautiful to ask the Lord for this grace,” the Pope said in his Nov. 29 daily … [Read more...]

Vatican launches healthcare initiative for Syrian refugee children

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2013 / 06:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” has collaborated with other Catholic organizations in order to arrange a special mission which will provide basic medicines needed for the care of refugee children in Lebanon.“The children need more specially medicine and schools, you know, because they have left the country and no schools or no medicine and many are very traumatized, so we have to help them psychologically,” … [Read more...]