Candlelight vigil in Vatican celebrates Mary’s faith, witness

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2014 / 08:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of clergy, religious, and laity processed through the Vatican gardens in a candlelight vigil on Saturday evening to mark the close of a month traditionally dedicated to the Virgin Mary.Led by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the pilgrims prayed the rosary and sang Marian hymns as evening fell over the Vatican. Families with infants and small children processed alongside religious sisters and priests as meditations on the life … [Read more...]

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Jesus’ wounds are the price of forgiveness, says Pope

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2014 / 06:32 am (CNA).- Pope Francis focused his Angelus message today on the saving power of Jesus’ redemption, explaining that the risen Christ who ascends to heaven brings the scars of his crucifixion with him. “And Jesus, when he goes to heaven, carries there a gift for the Father. Have you thought about this? What is the gift that Jesus brings to the Father? His wounds,” the Pope told the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square on June … [Read more...]

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‘You can make a better world,’ Pope tells disadvantaged children

Vatican City, May 31, 2014 / 08:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This morning the “Ode to Joy” rang out from a teenaged orchestra as Pope Francis entered a room packed with 400 Italian school children from disadvantaged homes. They waved and cheered as the Pope spoke to them in simple terms about the importance of light and love in a dark world.Today’s meeting was the second of its kind, a collaboration between the Pontifical Council for Culture’s “Court of the … [Read more...]

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Proposed Nicea ecumenical meeting ‘nice’ idea, Vatican spokesman says

Vatican City, May 31, 2014 / 01:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to media reports that Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I will meet for an ecumenical gathering in Nicea in 2025, the Vatican's spokesman said that such a meeting would be a positive encounter.Father Federico Lombardi told CNA that a meeting between the two leaders “is a nice proposal from Bartholomew, just as his proposal for an encounter on the 50th anniversary meeting between Paul VI and Athenagoras I … [Read more...]

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Christian joy is based in hope, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, May 30, 2014 / 06:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first daily homily since returning from the Holy Land Pope Francis centered on the theme of Christian joy, explaining that it comes not from our immediate circumstances, but what Jesus promised. “Be courageous in suffering and remember that after the Lord will come; after joy will come, after the dark comes the sun” the Pope encouraged in his May 30 daily Mass. “May the Lord give us all this joy in … [Read more...]

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Filipinos from Holy Land voice excitement for Pope’s visit

Vatican City, May 30, 2014 / 01:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A small Filipino community in Israel has expressed their joy that Pope Francis will travel to their country next January, stating they hope his presence will bring peace and heal divisions. “We are blessed that he will go to our place. We are so happy, absolutely blessed,” Mercy Agosta told CNA May 25, adding that “It’s also a blessing for us because for Filipinos it’s hard to go to … [Read more...]

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Palestinian, Israeli leaders to pray with Pope at Vatican June 8

Vatican City, May 29, 2014 / 01:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An encounter among Pope Francis, the Palestinian president, and the Israeli president at the Vatican to pray for peace in the Holy Land has been set for June 8, the Holy See has announced. “The encounter to pray for peace, to which the Holy Father Francis has invited the president of Israel, Shimon Peres, and of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, will take place Sunday, June 8, in the afternoon, at the Vatican,” the Holy See press … [Read more...]

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