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How Pope Francis Can Commemorate Father Hamel’s Murder While in Poland (1637)

COMMENTARY: On Wednesday, the Holy Father will visit the crypt of Wawel Cathedral, where the Polish king who saved Christian Europe at the Battle of Vienna is buried alongside other national heroes.

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Father Jacques Hamel was beheaded by Islamic State terrorists during Mass on July 26.

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KRAKOW, Poland — Pope Francis is a pastor of powerful gestures. Tomorrow, when he arrives here for World Youth Day, he should make a prolonged, prayerful and purposeful visit to the tombs in Wawel Cathedral, first among them King Jan III Sobieski.

The scourge of Islamic State violence marred the first day of WYD here, when the news arrived that Father Jacques Hamel had been beheaded in his parish church in France — during the celebration of the Eucharist, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz stressed at the opening Mass, conveying his shock at the bloody blasphemy and sacrilege of this latest martyrdom. As Providence would have it, tomorrow afternoon, the Holy Father is scheduled to meet with the...READ MORE

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WYD 2016 Opening Mass: ‘Carry the Flame of Your Faith’ and Share Jesus With the World (528)

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz welcomed pilgrims to the youth event on July 26 in Krakow.

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Opening Mass of World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow on July 26.

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KRAKOW, Poland — 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 for the July 26 opening Mass of World Youth Day at the city’s Blonia Park.

“May the flame of love engulf our world and rid it of egoism, violence and injustice, so that a civilization of good, reconciliation, love and peace will be strengthened on our earth,” he told...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Condemns ‘Absurd Violence’ That Claims Priest As Newest Martyr in France (4247)

Two terrorists pledging loyalty to the Islamic State took a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray hostage and executed an elderly priest offering Mass.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has decried the “absurd violence” which left an elderly priest dead after his church in northern France was taken hostage during Mass.

A statement released Tuesday by the Vatican said 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 Holy Father is praying for those affected by the tragedy, which took place in the Normandy region, adding that the Vatican is following the situation.

Father Jacques Hamel, 84, was killed Tuesday after two armed gunmen stormed a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during Mass, the BBC reports. The...READ MORE

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St. Faustina’s Shrine Sends a New Spark of Divine Mercy to America (1831)

In lead-up to World Youth Day, Archbishop of Denver ordains seminarian to diaconate in the ‘Capital of Divine Mercy.’

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Deacon Boguslaw Rebacz is ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver on July 23 with his family present, including his mother.

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KRAKOW, Poland — In the days leading up to Pope Francis’ first trip to the homeland of Pope St. John Paul II for World Youth Day, a young man from Poland was ordained a deacon to serve in the United States.

On Saturday at noon, in the Italian chapel of the Divine Mercy Shrine, dedicated to St. Faustina, Boguslaw Rebacz was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver.

Deacon Rebacz shared with the Register what this special day meant to him.

“It is a special privilege for me to be ordained here, in the Divine Mercy Sanctuary, where there is the center of Divine Mercy — made even more special that it’s within the Jubilee Year of Mercy,” he said.

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World Youth Day in the ‘Capital of Mercy’ (1518)

Pope Francis says his entire WYD visit to Poland ‘will be inspired by mercy during this Jubilee Year and by the grateful and blessed memory of St. John Paul II.’

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St. John Paul II banner in Krakow, Poland.

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KRAKOW, Poland — “Krakow is the capital of mercy,” said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. “From here, as Sister Faustina wrote, a spark will emerge, the spark of Divine Mercy, and this spark will contribute to the deepening of religious life in the world.”

The archbishop of Krakow was speaking to EWTN Germany July 21, ahead of World Youth Day, which runs July 26-31 in and around the Polish city. The archbishop said he hopes the young people who attend “will entrust themselves to the message of Divine Mercy and take that spark to all nations.”

Organizers for the event, which contains the theme “Blessed Are the Merciful, for They Shall Obtain Mercy,” said that, by July 22, 364,729 individual...READ MORE

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How Can the Vatican Aid an Impoverished Venezuela? (1516)

COMMENTARY: A Latin-American pope and a secretary of state who was once the apostolic nuncio may be able to break the logjam between a stubborn socialist government and relief agencies.

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President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela

As Venezuelans die every day for lack of food and medicine, the Vatican has been asked to consider a mediation role between the regime of President Nicolás Maduro and the Venezuela National Assembly, in which the opposition holds a majority. The question facing the Church, in both Venezuela and the Vatican, is whether she should aim for dialogue with the regime, or facilitate its removal from office. The matter is urgent, and lives are in the balance.

Venezuela is in a crisis. People line up for 16 hours to enter stores where there may not even be food to buy or basic hygienic supplies on hand. The massive economic disaster is the consequence of the depredations of the regime of the late...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Asks the Faithful to Accompany World Youth Day in Prayer (1449)

The international youth event, starting Tuesday in Krakow, Poland, is meant ‘to celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy, through the intercession of St. John Paul II.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has requested prayers as he and all the pilgrims attending this year’s World Youth Day, prepare to make their way to Krakow, Poland.

The Pope, who leaves Wednesday, said Sunday that he is traveling to Krakow in order “to encounter these boys and girls,” as well as “to celebrate with them and for them the Jubilee of Mercy, through the intercession of St. John Paul II.”

“I ask you to accompany us with prayer,” he told the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his weekly Angelus address July 24.

Francis also expressed his gratitude towards all those working to welcome the pilgrims coming to Poland for the international event, along with the many bishops,...READ MORE

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Munich Church, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis Pray for Victims of Deadly Shooting (1305)

Benedict XVI ‘prays for the innocent victims and expresses condolences and closeness to the families.’ Francis said: ‘I am near to the families of the victims and the wounded. I invite you to join in my prayer, in order that the Lord may inspire all good and fraternal resolutions.’

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St. Michael's Church in Munich took in tourists in need of shelter after Friday's shooting.

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MUNICH — The archbishop of Munich has called for prayers for the victims of Friday’s deadly shooting at a shopping mall and condemned acts of violence that “poison” society with fear.

“This horrific crime deeply affects me and fills me with profound grief,” Cardinal Reinhard Marx is quoted as saying in a July 23 statement by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

“My prayers are with the victims and their families,” said the head of the German Bishops’ Conference, adding: “I hope that the many injured can return home soon.”

At least nine people were killed and nearly 30 injured on Friday evening, after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, the BBC...READ MORE

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