Pope: Easter message brings hope to victims of terrorism, persecution

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2016 / 05:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Urbi et Orbi message for Easter, Pope Francis encouraged victims of terrorism and Christian persecution to find hope in the Lord’s resurrection.By rising from the dead, Jesus has “triumphed over evil and sin,” the Pope said to the crowds which filled St. Peter’s Square. “May he draw us closer on this Easter feast to the victims of terrorism, that blind and brutal form of violence which continues to … [Read more...]

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Let yourselves be moved by hope, Pope says at Easter Vigil

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2016 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the Easter Vigil, Pope Francis told attendees not to be overcome by sadness in the face of life’s difficulties, but to be open to hope, which is not the absence of problems, but is a gift from God when we allow him to enter our lives.“We, like Peter and the women, cannot discover life by being sad, bereft of hope,” the Pope said March 26.He urged the faithful not to “stay imprisoned within ourselves, but … [Read more...]

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Italy’s ‘bleeding thorn’ marks the coincidence of Good Friday, Annunciation

Andria, Italy, Mar 25, 2016 / 06:38 pm (CNA).- A single thorn held to have been taken from Christ's crown of thorns that traditionally 'bleeds' each time that Good Friday falls on March 25, has done so again this year.Bishop Raffaele Calabro, Bishop Emeritus of Andria in Italy's Apulia region, confirmed today that the thorn has bled.“The miracle has started, the wonder is underway,” Bishop Calabro stated.The thorn has been kept in a reliquary in Andria's … [Read more...]

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Pope’s Way of the Cross remembers migrants, persecuted Christians

Rome, Italy, Mar 25, 2016 / 05:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the yearly Good Friday tradition set by his predecessors, Pope Francis presided over the Stations of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum, where such issues as migration and the persecution of Christians were remembered.“O Cross of Christ, today too we see you raised up in our sisters and brothers killed, burned   alive, throats slit and decapitated by barbarous blades amid cowardly silence,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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Mercy will save the world: papal preacher’s Good Friday meditation

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2016 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Remembering this week's deadly terror attack in Brussels, the papal preacher centered his Good Friday reflection on mercy's role in saving the world.“The opposite of mercy is not justice but vengeance,” said Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap, in his sermon for the Celebration of Our Lord's Passion in St. Peter's Basilica March 25.“The hate and the brutality of the terrorist attacks this week in … [Read more...]

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This unique chant brings Vietnamese Catholics deeper into Christ’s Passion

Hanoi, Vietnam, Mar 25, 2016 / 07:08 am (CNA).- While the Stations of the Cross are a worldwide Lenten devotion for Catholics, the faithful in Vietnam have an additional practice that blends ancient traditional chants with Catholic prayer and meditation on the Crucifixion. “The ‘Ngam Nguyen’ are…a unique Vietnamese Catholic practice of intoning a series of meditations recounting the Passion of Christ,” said Fr. Anthony Le Duc, national chaplain for the … [Read more...]

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An emotional Mass for migrants with Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Mar 24, 2016 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a Mass in Rome on Holy Thursday Pope Francis washed the feet of migrants and refugees, many of whom were moved to tears by the gesture.The Pope told them that while there are some people in the world who seek to sow violence, Jesus shows us the path to unity, brotherhood and peace.“Today, right now, when I do the same gesture as Jesus in washing the feet of you 12, all of us are making the same gesture of brotherhood,” … [Read more...]

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