Pope Francis tells scores of young people to avoid ‘sofa happiness’

Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis challenged massive crowds of young people at World Youth Day's final vigil to step away from the “sofa” of comfort and convenience, and respond to Christ's call to transform a suffering world.“Today Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life, is calling you to leave your mark on history,” the Pope told the estimated 1.6 million people attending Saturday's vigil at the “Campus … [Read more...]

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Pope makes unexpected stop at Franciscan monastery

Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 11:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Before heading to an evening prayer vigil with youth, Pope Francis made an unannounced stop at a Franciscan monastery housing the relics of two martyrs, where he prayed for peace and an end to violence.“O almighty and merciful God, Lord of the universe and of history. All is good and your compassion for the mistakes of mankind knows no limits,” Francis said in the opening of the July 30 prayer.He asked that God sow … [Read more...]

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God prefers us weak, Pope Francis says off-the-cuff to youth

Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The weaker we are, the more God's mercy can transform our lives. Pope Francis made these impromptu remarks on Saturday to crowds of young people gathered outside of Krakow’s St. John Paul II shrine.“Today, the Lord wants us to feel ever more profoundly his great mercy,” the Pope said in a short, impromptu speech, delivered right after his visit to the Polish city’s Divine Mercy shrine. “May we never … [Read more...]

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God prefers us weak, Pope Francis says off-the-cuff to youth

Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The weaker we are, the more God's mercy can transform our lives. Pope Francis made these impromptu remarks on Saturday to crowds of young people gathered outside of Krakow’s St. John Paul II shrine.“Today, the Lord wants us to feel ever more profoundly his great mercy,” the Pope said in a short, impromptu speech, delivered right after his visit to the Polish city’s Divine Mercy shrine. “May we never … [Read more...]

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Pope to priests and religious: Don’t be content with mediocrity

Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 04:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Mass celebrated at the shrine of St. John Paul II in Krakow, Pope Francis challenged the priests, religious, and seminarians present in the congregation, saying true disciples are not content with mediocrity, but rather they rejoice in the mission of evangelization.“The life of Jesus’ closest disciples, which is what we are called to be, is shaped by concrete love, a love, in other words, marked by service and … [Read more...]

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Are young Catholics cynical about politics? Nope, Cardinal Dolan says

Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With political discourse taking a turn for the nasty(er) as the U.S. presidential elections draw near, are youth disillusioned by the inflammatory, insulting remarks that have come to define this year's race?“You hear two things among the young people that in one way would bother them and challenge them and discourage them,” Cardinal Dolan told journalists July 29, speaking from his own personal experience.One of these … [Read more...]

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Are young Catholics cynical about politics? Nope, Cardinal Dolan says

Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With political discourse taking a turn for the nasty(er) as the U.S. presidential elections draw near, are youth disillusioned by the inflammatory, insulting remarks that have come to define this year's race?“You hear two things among the young people that in one way would bother them and challenge them and discourage them,” Cardinal Dolan told journalists July 29, speaking from his own personal experience.One of these … [Read more...]

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