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Pope Francis announces second soccer 'Match for Peace'

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: February 5, 2016
Vatican City, Feb 5, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sitting alongside soccer stars such as Ronaldinho and Bryan Ruiz on Wednesday, Pope Francis announced that a second edition of his 2014 interreligious match for peace will take place in May. “I invite you all to the Match for Peace. It will be here in Rome May 29,” the Pope said Feb. 3 at an event organized by the Pontifical Foundation Scholas Occurrentes. The soccer match is aimed at demonstrating “that we are capable of making peace with a game, with art,” he said, adding that he’s doing it “as a service.” “One of the definitions of the Pope is to be the servant of the servants of God. That is why I am here, that is why I agreed to come,” Francis said, explaining that the intent of the game isn’t proselytization, but the good of the human person. “I want to be very clear: what matters here is the human person. Man and woman have to be the center,” he decl

'First in history' – Pope Francis to meet Russian Patriarch in Cuba

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: February 5, 2016
Vatican City, Feb 5, 2016 / 04:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday the Vatican announced that while on his way to Mexico, Pope Francis will stop in Cuba to meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in the first meeting between the two leaders since their churches split over 1,000 years ago. “The Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow are pleased to announce that, by the grace of God, His Holiness Pope Francis and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will meet on February 12 next,” a joint Feb. 5 press release from the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church read. Kirill, patriarch of Moscow and all Rus' and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, will arrive to Havana Feb. 11 for an official visit to South America. His Feb. 11-22 visit includes stops in Cuba, Brasil, Chile and Paraguay. Pope Francis himself will arrive to Havana’s José Martí International Airport the next day while on his way to Mexico, where he will be on an o

Pope Francis surprises jubilee pilgrims in visit to Vatican departments

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: February 5, 2016
Vatican City, Feb 4, 2016 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday the “Pope of Surprises” made an unscheduled stop at the welcoming center for pilgrims in Rome for the Jubilee of Mercy, before heading to three Vatican departments for a lengthy visit after. Francis dropped by the Jubilee Welcoming Center at 9 a.m. Feb. 4, where he surprised the roughly 10 workers and the different groups of pilgrims who were present when he arrived through the back entrance. The center, which provides resources to pilgrims that have come to Rome specifically for the Holy Year as well as registration for tickets to go through the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica, is located right next to the office for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, which the Pope also visited. Pope Francis visited three different Vatican departments today as part of his continued tour of various dicasteries in the Roman Curia. Among them were the Pontifical Council for the Promo

Padre Pio's incorrupt body is in Rome – here's why

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: February 4, 2016
Vatican City, Feb 4, 2016 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The incorrupt body of Padre Pio has arrived to Rome for the first time ever alongside that of another friar, St. Leopold Mandi?, as a special initiative for the Jubilee of Mercy. Urns containing the relics of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina and Saint Leopold Mandi? arrived to Rome’s basilica of St. Lawrence Outside the Wall Feb. 3. They will remain for a week of vigils, Masses and stops at several Roman churches, including St. Peter’s Basilica, before returning to their usual place of repose. Both members of the Order of Friars Minor founded by St. Francis of Assisi, more commonly known as “Franciscans,” the saints lived during the same time period,   and were both canonized by St. John Paul II. The relics of the saints, consisting of their incorrupt bodies, meaning they haven’t decomposed, were welcomed to St. Lawrence with a large celebration and procession into the basilica. After a da

Pope Francis: I want to help bring peace to Mexico

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: February 3, 2016
Vatican City, Feb 3, 2016 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will leave for Mexico in just over a week. In a new interview with a Mexican news agency, he told citizens of the crime-ridden country that while there, he hopes to be a messenger of peace, which must be fought for daily. “Violence, corruption, war, children who cannot go to school because of their countries at war, trafficking, arms manufacturers who sell weapons so that the wars in the world can continue.” “More or less this is the climate in which we are living in the world today,” the Pope said in an interview with Mexican news agency Notimex State, published Feb. 3. The interview marks the first time Pope Francis has participated in a collective interview, in which he responded to four questions posed by 33 people from various states across Mexico. Francis recorded his answers to the questions, which were raised by some 16 women and 17 men, on Jan. 22, in his residence at the Vatic

Do mercy and justice contradict each other? Pope Francis says no

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: February 3, 2016
Vatican City, Feb 3, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When God is described in the Bible as being both merciful and just it can seem like an identity crisis, however Pope Francis said it’s actually the opposite: rather contradicting each other, the two actually go hand in hand. “Sacred Scripture presents us with God as infinite mercy, but also as perfect justice. How are these two things reconciled? How can the reality of mercy be articulated with the need for justice?” the Pope said Feb. 3. While these two characteristics can seem like opposites, “in reality it's not like this, because it's precisely the mercy of God that brings the fulfillment of true justice,” Francis affirmed. The Pope made his comments to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly general audience. He recently began a new series of catechesis on the topic of mercy as it is understood in scripture, in honor of the Jubilee of Mercy. He said that when we th

Be thankful – Pope Francis' message at end of Year for Consecrated Life

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: February 2, 2016
Vatican City, Feb 2, 2016 / 11:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis presided over Mass on Tuesday for the conclusion of the Year for Consecrated Life, reminding religious men and women of their call to be “custodians of wonder” as they promote a culture of encounter with Christ. “All forms of consecrated life, each according to its own characteristic, are called to be in permanent states of mission,” the Pope said in his Feb. 2 homily at St. Peter's Basilica for the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. The Roman Pontiff explained how the grace of vocation is borne out of a life-changing encounter with Christ, who “is the novelty that makes all things new.” Those who experience this encounter, he said, become witnesses who reach out to others and promote a culture of encounter, rather than remaining closed in on themselves.   The Pope also emphasized the importance of gratitude on the part of consecrated men and women. &ldqu

Pope stresses balance of work, family in new interview with Chinese paper

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: February 2, 2016
Vatican City, Feb 2, 2016 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Chinese New Year approaches, Pope Francis has granted an interview to Hong Kong’s Asia Times in which he touches on an array of topics including the country’s rapid rise to power and a realistic balance of work and family life. With many families facing division and even separation due to the heavy emphasis that is often place on work-efficiency in China, Pope Francis has suggested “a healthy realism” regarding one’s responsibilities at work and in the home as a remedy. “Reality must be accepted from wherever it comes,” he said in the interview, published Feb. 2. “Reality must be accepted for what it is. Be realistic. This is our reality.” First, one has to accept reality for what it is, he said, adding that even if it's ideal, "if I don’t come to terms with it, I won’t be able to do anything." Then the second step, he said, "is to work

Starring Pope Francis – New film features Holy Father as himself

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: February 1, 2016
Vatican City, Feb 1, 2016 / 03:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The “Pope of Surprises” is at it again. Pope Francis is set to be featured in the upcoming film “Beyond the Sun,” the first Pope in history to play himself in a big screen production. The idea for the film came from the Holy Father, who approached the filmmakers at AMBI Pictures, asking them to produce a movie that could effectively portray Gospel passages and parables to children. The movie will be a family adventure story where children from different cultures emulate the apostles while searching for Christ in the world around them, says the film group. All proceeds from “Beyond the Sun” will go to El Almendro and Los Hogares de Cristo, Argentine charities that provide support for at-risk children and young adults in need. AMBI co-founders Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi are fully financing and producing the film through their AMBI Pictures banner. Co-producers are Graciela Rodrigu

The 'terrorism of gossip' destroys communities, Pope warns religious

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: February 1, 2016
Vatican City, Feb 1, 2016 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christ-like obedience, the “terrorism of gossip”, and hope for future vocations were some of the themes Pope Francis addressed during a Monday audience marking the end of the Year for Consecrated Life. Some 5,000 religious men and women attended the audience to mark the end of the year dedicated to the consecrated vocation, which ends Tuesday. Setting aside the prepared text, Pope Francis delivered an off-the-cuff address Feb. 1 in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, which centered on what he said were three of the core pillars of the religious life: prophecy, nearness to others, and hope. Pope Francis began by reflecting on obedience of the consecrated person, which is essentially “prophecy.” Religious men and women, he said, are carried by a “strong poverty” and “chaste love” toward a “spiritual paternity and maternity for the Church, an obedience.” The obedience of a c