Rio archbishop: World Youth Day shows young people’s thirst for God

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the official start of World Youth Day nears, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro reflected on the event as a sign that young people always look for God in order to serve him. The festive atmosphere created by thousands of youth coming to Rio de Janeiro from other cities in Brazil and around the world, shows the world that the youth are “animated by Christ, walking with Christ, seeking God, to serve God, to … [Read more...]

Lourdes shrine officially records 69th miracle

Lourdes, France, Jul 22, 2013 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The famous Marian shrine in Lourdes, France has received an official declaration from the Bishop of Pavia, Italy stating that the 69th miracle has taken place there. "I have the joy of reporting to everyone my healing, which just a few days ago was approved as a miracle by my bishop, which is a beautiful thing,” said Mrs. Danila Castelli, who experienced the miracle on May 4, 1989 after visiting the baths in … [Read more...]

Pope mourns death of Cardinal Pimenta, a man of ‘devoted service’

Mumbai, India, Jul 22, 2013 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolence to the Archbishop of Bombay over the July 19 death of his predecessor, Cardinal Simon Pimenta, who served as the city's archbishop from 1978 to 1996. The Pope commended the “noble soul” to God, acknowledging with gratitude Cardinal Pimenta’s long years of “devoted service” to the Catholic community and his many years of “faithful assistance” to … [Read more...]

Pope targets ‘throwaway culture’ during Brazil visit

Rome, Italy, Jul 22, 2013 / 08:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said as he flew to Rio de Janeiro that he is going to meet young people and help counter a “throwaway culture” that threatens to isolate them from society. When “we isolate young people, we do them an injustice: young people belong to a family, a country, a culture, a faith … we must not isolate them, they really are the future of a people,” the Pope said July 22 in brief remarks to journalists … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ style changes papal flight

Vatican City, Jul 22, 2013 / 05:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As he boarded the plane for Rio de Janeiro and the 28th World Youth Day, Pope Francis brought his down-to-earth approach with him, carrying his own bag and opting for individual conversations with journalists instead of the typical press conference. The first visible sign of Pope Francis’ simplicity appeared as boarded the papal plane, an Alitalia Airbus 330, at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on Monday morning with a black leather … [Read more...]

WYD pilgrims help rebuild quake-damaged Chilean church

Santiago, Chile, Jul 21, 2013 / 06:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Forty Australian World Youth Day pilgrims made a special stop in Chile on Saturday to help rebuild a 200-year-old church that was totally destroyed in a massive earthquake three years ago.“We have been bringing youth to help rebuild this parish ever since the 2010 earthquake,” said Matías Quer, Missions Coordinator for the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae in Chile. “Although we have made a lot of progress, there … [Read more...]


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