Young boy speechless after giving flowers to Pope

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 23, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The boy who greeted the Holy Father upon his arrival in Brazil said he could not find the words to describe what it was like to be so near the Successor of Peter.“It’s very emotional – I have no words,” nine year-old Gustavo Silva Clemente told CNA July 22 shortly after greeting Pope Francis at Galeao Air Force Base in Rio de Janeiro.Wearing a rosary around his neck, the young boy presented the Pope … [Read more...]

Catholic bishops offer prayers for royal baby

Westminster, England, Jul 23, 2013 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic bishops in the United Kingdom offered their congratulations and prayers for Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, upon the birth of their first son, the Prince of Cambridge.“The birth of the new prince will be a source of joy not only for the royal family but for the peoples of the United Kingdom and beyond,” Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, the head of the Catholic … [Read more...]

Exhausting trip to Rio was ‘worth it,’ Mozambique youths say

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 23, 2013 / 05:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of young people who traveled 18 hours on a plane to make it to Brazil for World Youth Day say the trip was worthwhile just to participate with their peers and hopefully to see the Pope. “It has been a very tiring trip, but now we are very happy to be here and to see the Pope,” Clara, 27, told CNA on July 22 after nearly two days of air travel and countless layovers.The group of about 50 young people … [Read more...]

Care for the stranger a ‘sacred duty,’ archbishop teaches

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 23, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Drawing on Sunday's reading about Abraham's hospitality to his three visitors, Archbishop José Gomez taught during a Mass in recognition of immigrants that “God comes to us in the person of the stranger.” “Abraham, in the first reading, receives the strangers with an open heart… Abraham doesn’t know that these three visitors who come to his tent in the heat of the day are from God. But … [Read more...]

Pope very happy with enthusiastic Rio reception

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 23, 2013 / 01:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday to a jubilant welcome that at times involved crowds swarming the popemobile, but rather than frightening him, the display of affection made him quite happy.   “The Pope is very happy with the way Rio has expressed enthusiasm and love for him,” said the Holy See’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi. “Many people have asked if there were … [Read more...]

Parish outreach to young parents? There’s an app for that

Joliet, Ill., Jul 23, 2013 / 12:10 am (CNA).- Father John Belmonte noticed two things about the millennial generation – they were scarce in the pews, and they were always on their smartphones.Since many millennials – people ages 18-34 – are now young parents, Father had an idea to bridge the gap by “evangelizing, education, and re-engaging” this demographic through the “We Parent More” app.“We wanted to make it a technological piece in the … [Read more...]

Singer says WYD offers chance to experience ‘global Church’

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 06:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Award-winning Catholic musician Matt Maher sees this year’s World Youth Day gathering as an opportunity to recognize the universal nature of the Catholic Church throughout diverse nations and cultures.“One of the things that I’m most looking forward to is just experiencing the global Church,” Maher told CNA shortly after arriving in Rio de Janeiro on July 21 for the start of World Youth Day … [Read more...]