Pope encourages athletes to play for the Church

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2014 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Youth from around Italy turned St. Peter’s Square into a giant playing field on Saturday as they ran relays, played basketball and performed karate on a day dedicated to the celebration of sports. As the Pope arrived in the overflowing square participants welcomed him as their “captain.” He thanked them for the honor. “As captain I urge you not to block yourselves off in defense, but to come on the offense, to … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis accepts invitation to visit Mexico

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2014 / 11:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- President Enrique Peña Nieto on Saturday announced that Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Mexico. “Without doubt, this is cause for great joy,” President Peña Nieto declared after telling reporters the Pope “has accepted the invitation.” The president made the announcement after his private meeting with the pontiff in the Apostolic Palace. The dates for the visit are not known, … [Read more...]

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Pope encourages crime experts to humanize justice

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2014 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a letter to the participants of an international conference on criminal law, encouraging them to consider a fuller understanding of justice that moves beyond mere punishment. “It seems to me that the big challenge that we must all face is that the measures taken against evil do not stop with suppression, discouragement and isolation for those who caused it, but help them to reconsider, to walk in the paths of … [Read more...]

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Salvo D’Acquisto: the Pope’s example of virtue in policemen

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Friday meeting with the Carabinieri, Italy's national police-military corps, Pope Francis referred to Salvo D'Acquisto, a fellow Carabiniere who gave his life to save 22 others during World War II. “Dear Carabinieri, your mission is expressed in service to others and requires you daily to live up to the trust and esteem which the people place in you,” Pope Francis said June 6 at St. Peter's Square. … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis honors each of the soldiers of D-Day

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2014 / 01:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter sent Friday to French bishops, Pope Francis paid homage to the men who fought in the D-Day invasion of Normandy 70 years ago, which was one of the key turning points in World War II. “His Holiness Pope Francis unites himself wholeheartedly to the intercession of those who commemorate the tragic events which occurred here seventy years ago, and prays for peace,” read the letter sent June 6 by Cardinal Pietro … [Read more...]

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Vatican: prayer with Abbas, Peres opening ‘road to peace’

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2014 / 08:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released the details for Sunday’s prayer between Pope Francis and the Israeli and Palestinian presidents, stating that although peace will not be immediate, it’s a starting point. “The intent of this encounter is to open the road to peace,” Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa O.F.M., Guardian of the Holy Land, revealed to journalists in a June 6 press conference, telling CNA that “My hope is that this … [Read more...]

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Never forget your first love, Pope encourages priests

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2014 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis directed his daily homily today to his brother bishops and priests, telling them to always put love of God and their flock first, before pursuing a scholastic career. “This is the question I ask myself, my brother bishops and priests: how is your love today, the love of Jesus? Is it like first love? Am I as in love today as on the first day?” the Pope asked in his June 6 homily. Centering his reflections on the … [Read more...]

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