Pope Francis entrusts Holy Land trip to Virgin Mary

Rome, Italy, May 23, 2014 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis privately visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome this morning to pray and entrust to the Virgin Mary his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. After 15 minutes of meditation and prayer before the image of Mary known as Salus Populi Romani, Pope Francisco offered a bouquet of white and yellow roses at the feet of the Virgin. Since the beginning of his papal ministry in March 2013, this is the eighth visit Pope Francis has … [Read more...]

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Pope’s Yad Veshem visit lauded for interreligious significance

Jerusalem, Israel, May 23, 2014 / 09:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A local youth has praised Pope Francis’ decision to visit Jerusalem’s Yad Veshem holocaust memorial during his Holy Land trip, saying that it raises awareness to what the Jewish community suffered. “It’s very important that other religious people will visit this site. I mean it’s not only for Jews, but also for other cultures to see what it was,” a young man named Shai told CNA May 23. “I … [Read more...]

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Pope reportedly displeased by sumptuous canonization banquet

Vatican City, May 23, 2014 / 01:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official has revealed that Pope Francis was displeased by an extravagant banquet at a Vatican office during the recent canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, Italian media are reporting. “I can’t reveal what he said (the Pope). I informed him about it and I can only say that he was not pleased, so to speak. But I can assure you that these incidents will not happen again,” said Cardinal Giuseppe … [Read more...]

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Remain in God’s love, Pope Francis encourages faithful

Vatican City, May 22, 2014 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has especially encouraged Christians to “remain in the love of God” in a Thursday reflection on the three “key words” of Jesus: peace, love and joy.   “The Christian vocation is this: to remain in the love of God, that is, to breathe, to live of that oxygen, to live of that air,” the Pope said May 22 in his homily to those gathered for Thursday Mass at Casa Santa Marta. Jesus' … [Read more...]

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Ambassador: diversity of papal delegation speaks of dialogue

Vatican City, May 21, 2014 / 10:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In comments made to CNA, the Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See noted that the presence of both a rabbi and a Muslim in the Pope’s delegation to the Holy Land is a milestone in interreligious relations. “For the first time in history Rabbi Skorka from Argentina, who is a friend of Pope Francis, will accompany him but also a Muslim religious leader, Imam Abbud, also from Argentina,” Dr. Zion Evrony told CNA May … [Read more...]

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Gift of knowledge attunes us to vision of God, Pope says

Vatican City, May 21, 2014 / 05:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit’s gift of knowledge, explaining that it enlightens our human perspective and helps us to see God in the whole of creation. “The gift of knowledge puts us in tune with God’s gaze on things and on people” the Pope reflected in his May 21 weekly general audience, continuing his catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. “Through … [Read more...]

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Bishops’ synod head: October meeting not solely about divorce

Vatican City, May 21, 2014 / 03:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, has emphasized that the next synod will not be focused exclusively on the much-talked about issue of Communion for the divorced and remarried. “I would like to remind you that the next assembly of the synod of bishops is titled ‘the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.’ So the synod will deal with the family in its … [Read more...]

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