Christianity meant to be practiced not imagined, says Pope

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2014 / 08:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis centered his daily homily on the Beatitudes, stating that they are Jesus’ practical guide on how to live the Christian life, which often goes against what the world tells us. The beatitudes are a “program,” the “identity card of a Christian,” the Pope explained in his June 9 daily Mass, adding that they are “few words, simple words, but practical for all.” “Because … [Read more...]

Pope Francis postpones meetings due to tiredness

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2014 / 05:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi S.J. has announced that Pope Francis canceled his meetings today in order to rest following prayer for peace in the Vatican gardens last evening. “Pope Francis canceled the meetings of the second part of the morning because of a minor indisposition,” the spokesman told journalists in a June 9 press conference, noting that “yesterday the Pope was very tired because of the prayer … [Read more...]

Italian officer: Being a policeman isn’t a job, it’s a way of life

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During an audience with Pope Francis and the policeman of Italy, a young officer explained that his job is in fact a lifestyle of service, in which he is constantly attentive to the needs of others. Speaking with CNA, Matteo Gianerelli said that he decided to be a policeman “because my father was. He is an example for me, so I want to follow him in this job, which is not a job but a way of life.” Gianerelli was present … [Read more...]

Pope prays for peace with Israeli and Palestinian presidents

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis welcomed the presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican on Sunday evening for an unprecedented meeting of prayer, the “Invocation for Peace.” Joined by the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, the three leaders prayed for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East. “I am profoundly grateful to you for accepting my invitation to come here and to join in imploring from God the gift … [Read more...]

Three faiths pray for Holy Land peace

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 11:33 am (CNA).- Representatives of Judaism, Christianity and Islam said prayers from their respective religious communities at Sunday’s historic “Invocation for Peace” at the Vatican, praying for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East. The meeting gathered in one place Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I. The June 8 meeting in the … [Read more...]

Reject mediocrity, Pope encourages young pilgrims

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday evening made a phone call to a group of young Italians who were on pilgrimage, encouraging them to embrace hope in God and reject mediocrity. “Don’t let yourselves be discouraged by failure or anxiousness that wants to remove your dreams, that wants to close you into its dark mentality rather than letting you fly in the light of hope. Please, do not fall into mediocrity, into that mediocrity that … [Read more...]

Reject mediocrity, Pope encourages young pilgrims

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2014 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday evening made a phone call to a group of young Italians who were on pilgrimage, encouraging them to embrace hope in God and reject mediocrity. “Don’t let yourselves be discouraged by failure or anxiousness that wants to remove your dreams, that wants to close you into its dark mentality rather than letting you fly in the light of hope. Please, do not fall into mediocrity, into that mediocrity that … [Read more...]


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