Benedict XVI will attend Holy Door opening at Vatican to start Year of Mercy

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2015 / 08:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will take part in the official inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy with the opening of the Holy Door on Dec. 8.The retired pontiff “accepted the invitation of Pope Francis to attend the opening of the Holy Door” in St. Peter’s Basilica, Holy See press office director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ. said Dec. 5.He added that Benedict XVI would not take part in the whole … [Read more...]

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With Advent here, the papal preacher has a how-to guide for seeking Christ

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2015 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Preacher of the Pontifical Household’s first sermon for the Advent season was a striking reminder of the Christian’s need to love Christ and to see the Church as his body and spouse. “Let us seek to love Christ and to make him loved, and we will have rendered our best service to the Church,” Father Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap. said Dec. 4. He was preaching to Pope Francis and a congregation largely … [Read more...]

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A car chapel? It’s a real thing and Pope Francis blessed one

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2015 / 04:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Marian chapel built into a car – called an “Autocappella” – received a blessing from Pope Francis yesterday just before the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter’s Square. The mobile chapel belongs to the “Marian Mission of the Rosary of the Shrine of Pompeii” and carries an icon of the Virgin of Pompeii to dioceses around the world. At the request of a diocese, the mission brings copies of … [Read more...]

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‘Saint Nicholas’ makes surprise appearance in Saint Peter’s Square

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2015 / 12:46 pm (CNA).- A surprise visitor to St. Peter’s Square during the general audience yesterday was met with a warm welcome. A “Saint Nicholas” in full costume came all the way from Germany to offer some holiday cheer.  Wolfgang Georg Kimmig-Liebe is the man who brought the well-known saint to life. And this is not the first time he visited the Vatican – in 2007, he received a blessing from then-Pope Benedict … [Read more...]

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Jihadists arrested for threats against Pope Francis, no specific plot known

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2015 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Four alleged terrorist sympathizers who made internet threats against Pope Francis have been arrested. While Italian authorities described them as “highly dangerous,” they said they did not appear to be involved in any specific plot. “They were threatening the Pope, celebrating the recent attacks in Paris and threatening the former U.S. ambassador to Kosovo,” said Carmine Esposito, a police chief in the northern … [Read more...]

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Make the mercy jubilee a ‘revolution of tenderness’, Pope urges

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2015 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has granted an interview to the official website for the Jubilee of Mercy, in which he expresses his intention that the year be an occasion to encounter God's tenderness in a world rife with cruelty and atrocities. “The revolution of tenderness is that which, today, we must cultivate as a fruit of this year of mercy: the tenderness of God toward each one of us,” the Pope told the official Jubilee publication … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to youth: Have you thought about being a missionary?

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2015 / 07:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Africa was the focal point of his general audience today, during which he emphasized the key role that missionaries play on the continent, and asked youth to consider it as an option for their future. “To the youth: think about what you want to do with your life. It's the moment to think and to ask the Lord to make his will known to you,” the Pope said Dec. 2. Recalling the many … [Read more...]

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