Pope, Israeli president renew mutual commitment to peace

Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 2014 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting today with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Pope Francis expressed his hope that Jerusalem would be a true 'city of peace,' with Peres echoing his commitment. “May Jerusalem be truly the City of Peace! May her identity and her sacred character, her universal religious and cultural significance shine forth as a treasure for all mankind,” said the Pope on May 26 in the garden of the president’s … [Read more...]

Meeting Pope a sign of the early Church, seminarian reflects

Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 2014 / 05:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Dcn. Bernard Poggi, who is among the priests and religious slated to meet with Pope Francis in Jerusalem later today, stated that seeing the successor of Peter reminds him of the first apostles. “To have the successor of Peter in this land where Peter was and to have so many priests, religious and seminarians” present with him “is a reminder of the first Church” Dcn. Poggi told CNA May 26. It brings hope … [Read more...]

Pope Francis lauds fraternal dialogue with Muslims, Jews

Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 2014 / 04:48 am (CNA).- Pope Francis spent a large part of the third day of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslim and Jewish leaders, praising the shared commitment to dialogue. “We are experiencing a fraternal dialogue and exchange which are able to restore us and offer us new strength to confront the common challenges before us,” the Pope told Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem on May 26. He met with the the Muslim leader … [Read more...]

Pope prays at Holocaust memorial, Western Wall

Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 2014 / 02:35 am (CNA).- On the last day of his Holy Land pilgrimage Pope Francis stopped to pray at two sacred sites in Jerusalem. The Pontiff visited the the Western Wall in Jerusalem on the morning of May 26, pausing to pray at the site and leaving the Our Father in Spanish tucked into one of the cracks. The Wall is a sacred place for Jews, the only remains of second temple. Deviating from his planned itinerary, he also stopped to visit a memorial to Israeli … [Read more...]

Christian pastor forcibly returned to Iranian prison

Washington D.C., May 25, 2014 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After being treated for two months in a hospital for injuries suffered from beatings during his imprisonment, Saeed Abedini – a Christian pastor and American citizen – is being returned to Iran's Rajai Shahr prison.   “This is an extremely disappointing development - one that breaks my heart,” said Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, in a May 20 statement. “Our family is deeply saddened and we … [Read more...]

Christ’s resurrection unites us, Pope tells faithful in Israel

Jerusalem, Israel, May 25, 2014 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At an ecumenical celebration in Jerusalem during his visit to the region, Pope Francis told inter-denominational Christians that the Risen Christ unites them all in a message of hope for the world. “Each of us, everyone baptized in Christ, has spiritually risen from this tomb, for in baptism all of us truly became members of the body of the One who is the Firstborn of all creation,” Pope Francis said.   The Pope … [Read more...]

We came to pray with our Pope, says papal Mass volunteer

Jerusalem, Israel, May 25, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A leader of one of the Boy Scout troops manning the entrances to Pope Francis’ Mass in Bethlehem today explained that the volunteers came from all over in order to join the pontiff in praying for peace. “Now we came, all of us, to pray with our Pope, praying for peace. We’re praying for justice, to be and to give for everybody” George Zenee explained to CNA May 25. Zenee hails from Palestine and is a … [Read more...]