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...]

Vatican is the ‘oil’ keeping Bethlehem’s star lit, mayor observes

Vatican City, May 29, 2014 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first woman mayor of the town where Jesus was born referred to the strong connection they have with the Vatican, explaining that the recent visit of Pope Francis is an opportunity to work for justice. “All has started in Bethlehem. In Bethlehem the origin of the message of peace was resurrected to the world. In the Vatican it is the Church, St. Peter’s” Vera Baboun told CNA May 24, the day before Pope Francis was to … [Read more...]

Pope Francis praises ‘nobility’ of work

Vatican City, May 29, 2014 / 02:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Work is “both a gift and a duty,” Pope Francis told a U.N. labor agency in a message calling for an end to human trafficking and for greater concern for migrants and the unemployed, especially the young. “At the dawn of creation, God made man the steward of his handiwork and charged him to cultivate and protect it,” the Pope said May 28 to the International Labor Conference. “Human labor is part of that … [Read more...]

Pope Francis says Holy Land visit aided Christian unity

Vatican City, May 28, 2014 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday said his pilgrimage to the Holy Land fed the desire for Christian unity and he encouraged Catholics to pray that God may help “heal the wounds” that divide the faithful. “I give thanks to God. He led me to that blessed Land, that has seen the historical presence of Jesus and where events fundamental to Judaism, Christianity and Islam took place,” the Pope said in St. Peter's Square … [Read more...]

Synod on family will have broad focus, Pope notes

Aboard the papal plane, May 27, 2014 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has said that the upcoming synod on the family will focus on the “vast” pastoral problems facing families – not specifically Communion for the divorced and remarried. “We know that today the family is facing a crisis, a global crisis, young people don’t want to marry or they live together. I wouldn’t like us to fall into this question: will it be possible for Communion to be … [Read more...]

Sex abuse will not be tolerated, Pope Francis says

Aboard the papal plane, May 27, 2014 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis strongly denounced clerical sex abuse of children, saying that such abuse will not be tolerated and announcing a special Mass for abuse victims, as well as efforts to investigate offenders. “There will be no preferential treatment when it comes to child abuse,” the Pope said, declaring abuse a “very serious problem.” “A zero tolerance approach needs to be adopted with regards to … [Read more...]

Pope Francis most open Pope to Jews in history, rabbi says

Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 2014 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jewish rabbi and historian has lauded Pope Francis’ visit to the tomb of an important Jewish personality, stating that he is the most accommodating Pope history has seen. Pope Francis has taken “certainly the most friendly, proactive, accommodating position of any Pope probably in history” toward the Jewish people, Rabbi Ken Spiro explained to CNA May 26. The fact that the Roman Pontiff has “gone … [Read more...]