New Polish ambassador says Pope ‘will not give up’ on Syria

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Poland's new Vatican ambassador Piotr Nowina-Konopka says that Pope Francis will not back down in helping resolve the Syrian conflict peacefully.“The Pope is very focused on this issue with a sort of passion,” Nowina-Konopka said. “When he speaks about war in Syria, you see immediately that he will not give up.”“The way he does it proves that he really believes that the Pope, the Church, Christians, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis continues peace appeals on Twitter

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2013 / 01:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria and throughout the world, Pope Francis is continuing his calls for peace, hope and negotiations through messages on social media.“Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!” he exclaimed on Twitter Sept. 9.“I ask each party to follow decisively and courageously the path of encounter and negotiation,” he said, … [Read more...]

Pope calls single mother, offers to baptize her child

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a personal phone call to a young Italian woman facing a difficult pregnancy, applauding her bravery in choosing life for her child and offering to baptize the baby.Anna Romero, a 35-year-old woman from central Italy, was on vacation when she received a phone call from the Pope. She had written the pontiff earlier this summer, describing her anguish at discovering that she had become pregnant by a man who – unknown … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: follow Jesus’ Way of the Cross

Vatican City, Sep 8, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke to crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for Sunday’s Angelus, encouraging them to follow Christ on the way of the cross.“Following Jesus does not mean participating in a triumphal procession!” he said on Sept. 8. “It means sharing his merciful love, entering into his great work of mercy for each person and for all mankind. And this forgiveness passes through the cross.”The Pope … [Read more...]

Papal peace vigil draws positive response

Vatican City, Sep 8, 2013 / 01:29 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ four-hour Saturday prayer vigil is part of a “major peace initiative” that is receiving a favorable reaction across religious lines, a leading Vatican communications figure has said.“Pope Francis wants to keep this issue alive to make sure everything possible could be done to put an end to the violence, and not to increase it,” Greg Burke, senior communications adviser to the Holy See’s Secretariat … [Read more...]

Tourists and pilgrims pray for peace at Vatican vigil

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2013 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the sun set over St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Rhode Islander Angeline Martin stood in line for confession and prepared to join Pope Francis in a world-wide prayer vigil for peace.Martin, 34, was on vacation in Tuscany with family members from around the world when her mother sent her an email about the Sept. 7 vigil. “We re-arranged our plans to come here,” she said.Martin said her family’s roots in … [Read more...]

Embrace peace, Pope tells massive prayer vigil

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2013 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing myriad people in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis denounced war as a “defeat for humanity” and called on world leaders and individual Christians alike to rebuild a “shattered” harmony.“Let us pray for reconciliation and peace,” the Pope exhorted the crowds. “Let us work for reconciliation and peace, and let us all become, in every place, men and women of reconciliation and … [Read more...]