Pope Francis to Young People: Pursue an 'Adventure of Mercy'

Urges large crowd of youth in Krakow to oppose those who say things "can never change", warns against "young pensioners".

07/28/2016 Comment
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Pilgrims gather for WYD's Welcome Ceremony for Pope Francis, July 28, 2016.

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In his address at tonight’s welcoming ceremony for World Youth Day, Pope Francis urged young people to oppose those who say things can never change, and encouraged them instead to pursue an "adventure of mercy."

Recalling his time as bishop during the ceremony in Krakow’s Blonia Park, the Pope said one thing he learned was that “nothing is more beautiful” than seeing young people’s enthusiasm.

“It is exciting to listen to you share your dreams, your questions and your desire to oppose all those who say that things cannot change,” the Pope said.

Speaking off the cuff, he said he describes such people who say nothing can be altered as “quietists” [generally a political term meaning those...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope Francis' Homily at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa

07/28/2016 Comment

Pope Francis celebrating Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Poland, July 28, 2016.


Those who embrace their own littleness become the “spokespersons” of God, Pope Francis said during Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, celebrating the 1050th anniversary of Poland becoming a Christian nation. 

The Holy Father also spoke about how God saves us by making himself not only little, but also "near and real" — all attributes found in the life of Mary, the Mother of God. 

Here below is the full text of the Pope's homily at the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa today:

From the readings of this Liturgy a divine thread emerges, one that passes through human history and weaves the history of salvation.

The apostle Paul tells us of God’s great plan: “When the fullness of...READ MORE

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Head of Polish Bishops: Pope Francis Listened to Us

07/27/2016 Comments (9)
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Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki and Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi speak to reporters in Krakow, July 27, 2016.

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Despite some reports expecting Pope Francis to criticize Polish bishops on their approach to immigration and other issues at tonight’s meeting in Krakow, the atmosphere was “very warm” and the Pope listened to their concerns, the president of the Polish bishops’ conference has said.

One of those concerns relates to ambiguous passages in his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia and the need for their clarification — a matter that the bishops raised with the Pope, according to sources.

Speaking to reporters at the end of the Pope’s first day in Poland, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki said the issue of migrants and refugees was one of four raised in the closed-door question and...READ MORE

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In First Address in Poland, Pope Urges 'Spirit of Readiness' to Welcome Refugees

07/27/2016 Comments (2)
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Pope Francis waving to crowds on arrival in Krakow, July 27, 2016.

– Paulina Krzyżak/WYD2016

Pope Francis has called on Polish authorities to exercise "great wisdom and compassion" in dealing with migrants and refugees, and to have a "spirit of readiness" in welcoming those fleeing wars and hunger. 

He also called for international efforts to be made to resolve conflicts and wars that force many people to migrate. 

In the first speech of his five day visit to Poland, the Pope urged civic leaders and members of the diplomatic corps in Krakow this afternoon to “hope and trust” in God, adding that progress is achieved when there is “courage of truth and constant ethical commitment” so that decisions and relationships will always respect human dignity. 

He said this is true in all...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: World is At War, But It's Not a War of Religions

07/27/2016 Comments (31)
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Pope Francis about to speak to reporters on the papal plane to Krakow, July 27, 2016.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

On the papal plane to Krakow, Pope Francis has stressed that the world is at war, but it is not a "war of religions." 

Asked about the slaying of 85-year-old Father Jacques Hamel in a Normandy church on Tuesday, the Pope replied: "The real word is war...yes, it's war. This holy priest died at the very moment he was offering a prayer for all the Church."

He said that "for some time the world has been in piecemeal war", but added. "This is a war."

"There was one in 1914, then that from 1939 to 1945. In the world now there's this. Perhaps it is not so organic, so organized," he said.

Recalling the murder of Father Hamel, the Pope also remembered the "many Christians", the "many innocent...READ MORE

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Full Transcript of Cardinal Dziwisz's Interview with EWTN

07/27/2016 Comment

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Just days before World Youth Day opened in Krakow, EWTN Germany’s Robert Rauhut sat down for an extensive interview with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. The archbishop of Krakow and long-serving private secretary of Pope St. John Paul II not only shares his hopes and expectations of World Youth Day, but also discusses various other highly significant topics including John Paul II’s legacy to the world, the Third Secret of Fatima and the consecration of Russia, his friendship with Joseph Ratzinger, and John Paul's love for youth, the future of the Church and society.


Your Eminence, this year is particularly interesting for the Church in Poland. It is the 1,050th anniversary of the Baptism...READ MORE

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World Youth Day in Krakow: Fraternity Not Violence Must Prevail

The murder of a French priest by ISIS affiliated assailants overshadowed today's opening Mass of World Youth Day but the Gospel message triumphed.

07/26/2016 Comments (3)

A pilgrim prays during the opening Mass of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 26, 2016.

– WYD2016

An afternoon of storms and heavy rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the hundreds and thousands of pilgrims who have been descending on Krakow all day for the opening Mass of the 31st World Youth Day.

Chanting, cheering, and the sound of countless languages being spoken emanated from streams of young people making their way to the Mass, dressed in multicolored plastic ponchos to keep off the rain which cleared in time for the open air liturgy in a large park near central Krakow.

But the heavy downpour and muggy afternoon also matched the news coming out of France. The murder in Rouen of 86 year old Father Jacques Hamel by Islamists has naturally shaken everyone here, especially coming so...READ MORE

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Vatican Statement on Killing of Priest in France

07/26/2016 Comments (32)

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has issued the following initial statement on the murder of a priest in Rouen, France earlier today (my translation). French President Francois Hollande has said that the two assailants "claimed to be from Daesh", also known as the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). 

"It is new, terrible news which unfortunately adds to a series of violent attacks that in recent days have already disturbed us, creating immense pain and concern.

We are following the situation and we await further information to better understand what happened.

The Pope has been informed and participates in the pain and horror of this absurd violence, with the most radical...READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin