Full text of Pope Francis’ Interview with ‘La Vanguardia’

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2014 / 07:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an interview granted with Spanish-language magazine "La Vanguardia" on Monday, Pope Francis lauded Pius XII for his efforts in saving Jews, discussed Orthodox-Catholic relations, as well as the motivations behind his prayer meeting at the Vatican last Sunday. Below, please find the full text of his interview in English: Interview with Pope Francis: “One has to take the secession of a nation with grain of … [Read more...]

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Even an insult is killing your brother, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2014 / 08:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on true brotherly love, explaining that if we really want to love one another we need to be realistic and willing to compromise for the sake of keeping peace. “In our day we think that ‘not killing our brother’ means simply not actually murdering him – but no – not killing our brother means not (even) insulting him,” the Pope stated in his June 12 daily Mass, … [Read more...]

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May the World Cup be a ‘feast of solidarity,’ Pope exhorts

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2014 / 05:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a video message Pope Francis sent for the start of the World Cup, he outlined the importance of good sportsmanship, stating that this attitude helps in building a more peaceful society. “My hope is that, in addition to the feast of sports, this World Cup becomes the feast of solidarity between peoples,” the Roman Pontiff stated in his June 12 video message. Aired on Brazilian television stations, the Pope’s … [Read more...]

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A young woman’s confirmation gift: reading at Pope’s Mass

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After three years of waiting to be confirmed, Clemence Figeac was asked to read an intention of the faithful during Pope Francis' Pentecost Mass, just two days after receiving the sacrament. “It was very beautiful,” Figeac told CNA June 9, “especially because first there was a little rehearsal the day before, and the person in charge of the liturgy said that our reading had to be a prayer.” The liturgy … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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