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Three faiths pray for Holy Land peace

Jun 8, 2014 - 11:33 am .- Representatives of Judaism, Christianity and Islam said prayers from their respective religious communities at Sunday’s historic “Invocation for Peace” at the Vatican, praying for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East.

Pope Francis: Jesus intercedes for us with his wounds

Jun 3, 2014 - 07:08 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus advocates for us in heaven, emphasizing that he does this by showing the Father his wounds, the price he paid for our sin.

Palestinian, Israeli leaders to pray with Pope at Vatican June 8

May 29, 2014 - 01:57 pm .- An encounter among Pope Francis, the Palestinian president, and the Israeli president at the Vatican to pray for peace in the Holy Land has been set for June 8, the Holy See has announced.

Pope prays at Holocaust memorial, Western Wall

May 26, 2014 - 02:35 am .- On the last day of his Holy Land pilgrimage Pope Francis stopped to pray at two sacred sites in Jerusalem.

We came to pray with our Pope, says papal Mass volunteer

May 25, 2014 - 12:08 pm .- A leader of one of the Boy Scout troops manning the entrances to Pope Francis’ Mass in Bethlehem today explained that the volunteers came from all over in order to join the pontiff in praying for peace.

Bethlehem sisters call on world to pray for peace

May 24, 2014 - 09:09 am .- The sisters who run the only children’s hospital on the West Bank have made it their mission to pray for peace in the Holy Land, traveling each week to invoke a Marian icon on the wall dividing the region.

Gift of knowledge attunes us to vision of God, Pope says

May 21, 2014 - 05:20 am .- During his general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit’s gift of knowledge, explaining that it enlightens our human perspective and helps us to see God in the whole of creation.

New prayer released for Pope's Holy Land pilgrimage

May 7, 2014 - 04:49 am .- The priest who is organizing Pope Francis’ upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land has written a special prayer for the occasion with the aim of allowing the world to participate.

Supreme Court upholds freedom to pray at public meetings

May 5, 2014 - 04:38 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court on May 5 upheld the practice of voluntary prayer before public meetings by a 5-4 ruling, drawing praise from those who said such prayers are a long American tradition that avoids censoring religion.

Arabic iBreviary a 'gateway' to religious freedom, creator says

Apr 23, 2014 - 04:34 am .- Fr. Paolo Padrini, creator of the iBreviary application, said that part of his goal for the recent release of the program in Arabic is fostering religious freedom in countries persecuted for their faith.

Radical abortion bill dies in Colo. Senate after call to prayer, action

Apr 16, 2014 - 09:42 pm .- Amid growing protests led in large part by the Catholic Church, the Colorado Senate on April 16 killed a controversial bill that could have banned all pro-life laws in the state.

Archbishop urges prayer, action against Colo. abortion bill

Apr 12, 2014 - 01:02 pm .- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila is asking the people of Colorado to spend 10 minutes in prayer and take concrete action over the weekend to support the sanctity of human life in the face of a serious legislative threat.

Holy Orders fosters a passionate love of the Church, Pope notes

Mar 26, 2014 - 05:13 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, devoting today’s discourse to those who receive Holy Orders, referring to it as a vocation of “service.”

Pope Francis warns against the disguise of hypocrites

Mar 18, 2014 - 09:11 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned against those who appear to be holy but are in fact self-absorbed, explaining that Lent is a time a time of purification which allows us to grow closer to the Lord.

Pope's exercises highlight danger of worldly temptations

Mar 14, 2014 - 06:46 am .- During Pope Francis’ spiritual exercises, Msgr. Angelo De Donatis focused his meditations on the Grace of God, warning against worldly attitudes, and emphasizing the importance of being open to God’s love.

Fr. Lombardi: Pope is spending anniversary in prayer

Mar 13, 2014 - 08:13 am .- In light of the Pope Francis’ first anniversary as Bishop of Rome, the Vatican has stated that the pontiff is doing nothing special to celebrate other than pray, as he is currently participating in his Lenten retreat.

Pope affirms that Mass is more than a mere 'representation'

Feb 10, 2014 - 10:45 am .- In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of the Liturgy, highlighting how it is a real participation in Jesus’ presence, and encouraged all to enter more fully into the mystery of the Mass.

Do not justify sin by using other people, Pope warns

Feb 3, 2014 - 07:29 am .- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the proper attitudes to have when we face difficult moments, stating that it is important not to defend our sin, but to repent and trust in the Lord.

Letters to Pope read 'with the heart,' Vatican official says

Jan 31, 2014 - 07:36 am .- According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis receives a few thousand letters a week, which Correspondence Director Msgr. Giuliano Gallorini notes are read more with the pontiff’s “heart” than his “mind.”

Ukrainian archbishop calls for peace amid violent protests

Jan 21, 2014 - 05:56 am .- In wake of increasing violence due to ongoing political protests, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk is petitioning his countrymen to pray for peace and unity as political unrest continues.

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