‘Infect everyone’ with joy of Christ, says Rio archbishop

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 23, 2013 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro greeted pilgrims at World Youth Day's opening Mass, urging them to spread the infectious joy and peace of Jesus Christ to the whole world. “Walk through this city, witness to Jesus Christ, commit to the new world,” Archbishop Tempesta preached at the July 23 Mass on Rio's Copacabana beach. “Infect everyone with the joy and the peace of Christ, as sentinels … [Read more...]

Worldwide Marriage Encounter mourns passing of founder

San Bernardino, Calif., Jul 23, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The priest who sparked the international expansion of faith-based marriage enrichment retreats, Fr. Chuck Gallagher, passed away July 21 at the age of 85 in New Jersey. “He taught us so much about loving each other, loving the world and how to be better people,” Diane Baumbach, who attended a Marriage Encounter weekend with her husband in 1973 said. “He’s just been so important in our lives,” … [Read more...]

Holy Land Franciscans lament ban on co-ed schools in Gaza

Washington D.C., Jul 23, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A law in the Gaza Strip segregating classrooms by sex threatens the existence of Christian schools in the territory, according to the head of a Franciscan group that supports Christians in the Holy Land. In April, the Hamas-led government of the Palestinian territory on Israel's western border passed a law banning co-education for children above the age of nine. It also ensures that teachers and other staff are of the same sex as … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan: WYD catechesis will cover ‘beautiful themes’

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 23, 2013 / 03:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Held at each World Youth Day as an opportunity to provide formation for participants, the three catechesis sessions in Rio will delve into the Church’s missionary character, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York.This year’s talks will explore “beautiful themes” centered around the call of all Christians to evangelize, the cardinal told CNA on July 23.Pilgrims will be divided up into language … [Read more...]

‘I hope the Pope sets our hearts on fire,’ says Paraguayan WYD pilgrim

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 23, 2013 / 02:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fabricio, Jose and Diego, three World Youth Day pilgrims from Paraguay, say their deep desire that Pope Francis will set hearts on fire with the love of Christ during the week-long event. Diego Domenico told CNA, “I hope the Pope sets our hearts on fire, in order to show the world that it is possible to follow Christ.” Domenico said the trip his group of 800 people made from Asuncion took almost 41 hours, but … [Read more...]

Brazilian soccer team gives Pope personalized jersey

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 23, 2013 / 02:09 pm (CNA).- After arriving last night by helicopter at Laranjeiras Stadium, the home of the Fluminense Soccer Club, Pope Francis received a personalized jersey and blessed the famous Brazilian soccer team. The Pope, in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day and on his way to Guanabara Palace yesterday to meet with President Dilma Rousseff, received the jersey from team vice president Alexey Dantas. A smiling Francis thanked him in Spanish for the … [Read more...]

Indian cardinal lauds encyclical as bold call to proclaim faith

Bangkok, Thailand, Jul 23, 2013 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' encyclical “Lumen Fidei” is notable for exploring the “valuable richness” of faith and for being an “answer to the present challenges to faith,” according to the Archbishop of Bombay. “Lumen Fidei” is a “challenge to us not to take our faith for granted, but to understand our faith, to live it ethically, and proclaim it confidently,” Cardinal Oswald … [Read more...]