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Pope’s Morning Homily: Even If Reality Is Ugly, Keep Heads Held High

Even at the worst of times, Christians cannot give into depression, but rather must live in hope. During his daily morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta, the Holy Father said that in order to be at peace, we must allow room for God to rescue and convert …

Cardinal Koch on Ecumenical Dialogue in Turkey, Russia, With Evangelicals

Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch has suggested ecumenical dialogue is reaching new heights under the pontificate of Jesuit Pope Francis. In a wide-ranging interview with ZENIT at the Vatican last week, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity discusses Pope Francis’ trip to Turkey and what it…

‘Praying, Worshiping God Is Not Wasting Time’

“While you do not hide the areas of weakness that it is possible to verify today in consecrated life,” the Pope told consecrated persons today at the Vatican, he encouraged them to still “be listening to the signs of the Spirit, who opens new horizons and pushes to new ways.” Speaking to participants in the plena…

Patriarch Twal: Security Risks Can’t Stop Pope From His Mission

Speaking on Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey this weekend, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem says security risks cannot prevent the Jesuit Pontiff from doing his mission and reaching out to the “periphery.” In an interview with ZENIT in the Vatican afte…

Pope Calls for Prayers for Apostolic Visit to Turkey

At the conclusion of today’s general audience, Pope France asked the faithful for his Apostolic trip to Turkey this weekend. “As you know,” the Pope said, “from next Friday to Sunday I will go to Turkey on an Apostolic journey.”
“I invite all to pray that this visit of Peter to his brother Andrew will bear frui…

Pope at Audience: What Lies Ahead Is Not ‘Annihilation,’ But Fulfillment

In the Christian perspective, the distinction is not between “those who are already dead and who are not, but between those who are in Christ and who are not.” Pope Francis said these words during his weekly general audience this morning in a foggy St. Peter’s Square, adding, “This is the decisive factor, really …

Pope to Council of Europe: ‘Arms Race Is One of Greatest Curses on Human Race’

Pope Francis says the secret to having peace lies in how we see others, but has outlined numerous “pressing issues” which are violating peace. Addressing the Council of Europe, the Pope said, “The royal road to peace – and to avoiding a repetition of what occurred in the two World Wars of the last century – is to…

Pope’s Morning Homily: Church Is to Boast of God, Not Itself

During his daily morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis stressed how the Church must be poor, humble, and completely focused on God. If it is tempted into “ostentation” and “vanity,” he said, it will not accomplish its mission. According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father reflected on how the “poor Church …

Award-Winning Trio Tenore Echoes Bach’s Call: ‘Sing For Glory of God’

The young Christian men of the musical group Tenore are singing for God and believe Pope Francis is offering the world hope. Jason Catron, Mark David Williams and Carlos Santiago, in an exclusive interview with ZENIT following their recent concert in Rome, shared that they sing for no reason other than for the “g…

Pope Francis Says People With Autism Carry a Cross; Stigma Must Be Broken Down

Pope Francis says we need to break down the stigma of autism and is calling on government, institutions, and Christian communities to do so. Speaking Saturday morning to the participants of a three-day conference held at the Vatican, he said support is needed to pay “due attention” to the rights, needs, and poten…

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