God shows his greatness in humility, closeness, pope says

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.


Spread message of divine mercy, Krakow cardinal says at WYD opening

KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) -- St. John Paul II's former secretary urged young Catholics to share their faith, experiences and hopes and spread a "message of divine mercy" worldwide during World Youth Day.


Boston cardinal encourages WYD pilgrims to embrace mercy every day

KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) — Jesus did not stop talking about mercy even though He was nearly thrown from a cliff after his first public talk in a Nazareth synagogue, and the rest of his life can serve as an example for people of faith to follow, Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley told an energized World Youth Day audience.


Police raise security threat level in Krakow but say no concrete danger

KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) -- Polish police have raised the official security threat level at World Youth Day in Krakow, after an Iraqi man was arrested with traces of explosives


God's time vs. our time

The thing about plans is they almost never turn out the way you thought or hoped they would. I learned this at the first World Youth Day which I attended in Rio in 2013.