Girl who is gradually going blind gets her wish to see Pope Francis

TVC E. Pope Francis on Wednesday April 6 met Elizabeth "Lizzy" Myers, a five-year-old American girl who does not know she is gradually going blind from a rare genetic disease, Usher syndrome.    Her parents are trying to get her to see as many things as she can, including meeting the Pope.   Accompanied by her parents and her little sister, Lizzy was able to speak to the 79-year-old Pontiff in an emotionally charged encounter at his weekly general audience at St Peter's. Pope Francis stroked the little girl's face and gave her a rosary. "She was awestruck. She just teared up," her mother Christine Myers, who is Catholic, told reporters afterwards. "To her he's the big guy in the white hat." "He asked us to pray for him and told us he would pray for us," she added. Lizzy, whose case has received big media coverage in the United States, is not aware that she is...

READ: Pope urges the world to use ‘Weapons’

 TVC E.  Pope Francis urged the world in his Easter message to use the “weapons of love” to combat the evil of “blind and brutal violence,” following the attacks in Brussels. After a week of somber religious events commemorating Jesus’ death, Francis said an Easter Sunday Mass under tight security for tens of thousands of people in a sun-drenched St. Peter’s Square. Afterward, in his traditional, twice-yearly “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message, he spoke of violence, injustice and threats to peace in many parts of the world. “May he (the risen Jesus) draw us closer on this Easter feast to the victims of terrorism, that blind and brutal form of violence which continues to shed blood in different parts of the world,” he said, speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. He mentioned recent attacks in Belgium, where at least 31 people were killed by Islamist militants,...

Poverty-stricken Chiapas awaits Pope’s message of peace

TVC E. Final preparations were underway on Sunday (February 14) in the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas for Pope Francis' visit, with local residents hopeful that the pontiff's message of peace will reverberate throughout the poverty-stricken state.   On the Pope's Chiapas itinerary on Monday (February 15) is a visit to the city's picturesque cathedral, built during the 16th and 17th century shortly after the Spanish moved into the area. The cathedral won't be the site of the pontiff's mass in Chiapas. He has opted to give mass to indigenous communities at a humble sports centre in the city. Under the surface of San Cristobal's colonial beauty and indigenous Mayan heritage lies stark poverty, with official statistics last year putting the figure at 76.2 percent of the population. Local Catholic, Elvia Luna, told Reuters she hopes Pope Francis' visit will provide some hope for the...

Pope Francis to feature in “Beyond the Sun”

TVC E, MOVIE -  Roman Catholic leader, Pope Francis is set to break record as the first catholic to play himself in a big screen production. According to the Vatican, Pope Francis will feature in a movie 'Beyond the Sun', making him officially the first Roman Catholic pope to play himself in a big screen production. 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,according to AMBI Pictures,the makers of the film. 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 & parables to children All proceeds from “Beyond the Sun” will go to El Almendro and Los Hogares de Cristo, charities in Argentina that provide support for at-risk children and young adults in need. AMBI pictures co-founder...