French bishops declare Day of Fasting after priest’s murder

Krakow, Poland, Jul 26, 2016 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by believed Islamic State sympathizers, the French bishops have designated Sunday, July 31, as a Day of Fasting.Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseilles, president of the French Bishops’ Conference, discussed the decision June 26.“What happened in France had happened in other countries before, and actually we see Christians laying down their lives in the interests of their … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to pray at John Paul II’s tomb with kids who have cancer

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2016 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Before taking off for WYD in Krakow, Pope Francis will pray at the tomb of St. John Paul II alongside children who have cancer, and will bring their prayers to Poland in order to ask the nation's saint for healing.According to a July 26 statement from Italian nonprofit Peter Pan, which works with children who have cancer and their families, members of the association will “share a moment of prayer” with Pope Francis July … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to pray at John Paul II’s tomb with kids who have cancer

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2016 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Before taking off for WYD in Krakow, Pope Francis will pray at the tomb of St. John Paul II alongside children who have cancer, and will bring their prayers to Poland in order to ask the nation's saint for healing.According to a July 26 statement from Italian nonprofit Peter Pan, which works with children who have cancer and their families, members of the association will “share a moment of prayer” with Pope Francis July … [Read more...]

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Let the fire of faith enkindle the world, cardinal tells WYD pilgrims

Krakow, Poland, Jul 26, 2016 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz’s welcome to World Youth Day pilgrims on Tuesday had a stirring reminder: it is up to them to ensure that the Gospel of Jesus Christ reaches the world.“Carry the flame of your faith and ignite with it other flames, so that human hearts will beat to the rhythm of the Heart of Christ, which is ‘a flaming fire of love’,” Cardinal Dziwisz, the Archbishop of Krakow, said in his homily … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis goes to Krakow tomorrow – here’s what to watch for

Krakow, Poland, Jul 26, 2016 / 11:05 am (CNA).- Many special moments are anticipated during Pope Francis' visit to Poland this week for World Youth Day, especially considering his visit to Auschwitz and his meeting with 10 Holocaust survivors.However one thing that could easily slip through the cracks in the lead-up, but will likely be a major part of what shapes the trip, are his evening dialogues with youth from the balcony of the Bishop’s Palace.Every night when he comes back to … [Read more...]

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Pope condemns ‘absurd violence’ after priest is killed in French church

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2016 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has decried the “absurd violence” which has left an elderly priest dead after his church in northern France was taken hostage during Mass.In a statement released Tuesday by the Vatican, the Pope, having been informed of the situation, “participates in the pain and horror of this absurd violence,” while radically condemning “every form of hatred.”The statement said the pontiff is praying … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Dziwisz talks Krakow, Saint John Paul II

Krakow, Poland, Jul 26, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As World Youth Day approaches, the Archbishop of Krakow recently spoke with EWTN Deutschland about the “city of saints” hosting the gathering, and about its most famous son – St. John Paul II.“You ask me where I have seen [John Paul II's] holiness. Well, we know that he was a very talented man – a writer, a poet, a speaker, an actor; but most of all, a great pray-er,” Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz … [Read more...]

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