Take risks and do not let life’s obstacles get in the way of encountering the true joy and life that Jesus can give, Pope Francis told more than 1 million young people.
KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) — Pope Francis has a “stomach of iron” and considers the German Richard Wagner his favorite composer, said young Catholics who lunched privately with him July 30 during World Youth Day. Thirteen World Youth Day organizers from a dozen countries shared the meal at the cardinal’s residence. They were chosen by lottery […]
KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) — Pope Francis told young people they are not called to be couch potatoes, living boring lives, but should leave their mark in history and not let others determine their future. Like a soccer match, life “only takes players on the first string and has no room for benchwarmers,” the pope told […]
KRAKOW, Poland — Michelle Hough, communications officer for Caritas Internationalis, shared her interview with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, president of the international Caritas network. Q: The pope gave you a big hug when he saw you on the stage after he arrived at WYD. What’s the pope like as a hugger? (Laughing) He’s […]
KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) — Catholic priests and nuns must renounce their personal interests and create a church that “goes into the world” with “living writers of the Gospel,” Pope Francis said. “In our lives as priests and consecrated persons, we can often be tempted to remain enclosed, out of fear or convenience, within ourselves and […]
By embracing the hunger, thirst and loneliness of others, young people can touch Jesus’ cross and experience the light of the resurrection, Pope Francis said.
A young person who is touched by Christ is “capable of truly great things,” the pope told thousands of young men and women July 28 at the welcoming ceremony of World Youth Day in Krakow.
KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) — Tara Gouldring never thought of herself as a missionary to others. But the 18-year-old from Birmingham, England, decided it’s not such a strange idea after hearing Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, during a morning catechetical session July 28 during World Youth Day. “It’s inspiring to see God’s mercy in […]
CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (CNS) — God chose to manifest his power not by amazing feats of greatness but rather through small acts of humility, choosing to enter the world as a child born of a woman, Pope Francis said. The Lord’s “humble love” is reflected throughout Poland’s history, particularly through “meek and powerful heralds of mercy,” […]
Pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Washington at World Youth Day in Poland started a social media campaign to show their solidarity with Iraqi Christians and others who suffer persecution.
KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) — Poland’s Catholic bishops spent 90 minutes meeting with Pope Francis, but the meeting was private so people could speak freely. “The Holy Father acts on the principle that general issues are difficult to settle in every individual case, and in every country and continent,” Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, president of […]
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.