Pilgrims in Rio see fellowship as World Youth Day highlight

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 05:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Wind and rain on Copacabana beach did not stop more than half a million young people from experiencing the global nature of the Church at the Opening Mass of World Youth Day on the evening of July 23.“This is amazing. It's more fun than I've ever had,” said Michael Nightingale.The 17-year-old from St. Louis, Mo., is traveling with an archdiocesan group and said that he is attending World Youth Day for the … [Read more...]

Despite repression, Cuban youth celebrate WYD in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of young pilgrims from Cuba have arrived in Brazil to celebrate the 28th World Youth Day despite initial restrictions from their government.“We have come to take part in World Youth day; to be part of this great manifestation of the Church and what always happens is that (reporters) end up bringing politics into everything,” one pilgrim who wished to remain anonymous told CNA July 24. “We are … [Read more...]

Pope embraces, voices love for drug addicts at Rio hospital

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 04:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis said his namesake St. Francis of Assisi put his conversion into action when he embraced a man with leprosy, saying this is a model for the life of a Christian. “This brother, suffering and an outcast, was the 'mediator of light ... for Saint Francis of Assisi,'” Pope Francis said, quoting his recent encyclical, “because in every suffering brother and sister … [Read more...]

Cricket star’s Catholic wedding spreads joy in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jul 24, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The marriage of Catholic Sri Lankan cricket star Angelo Mathew and national badminton player Heshani Silva caused joy among the country’s Catholics and gave added prominence to the country’s Catholic minority.“We are proud of our Catholic sportsmen and their contribution to the nation,” Father Cyril Gamini Fernando, Spokesperson and Episcopal Vicar for the Southern Region of the Archdiocese of Colombo, told … [Read more...]

Love of Christ helps us find identity, bishop teaches

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 03:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- By experiencing the love of God and sharing it with those around us, we will find the answers to our deepest questions and longings, said Auxiliary Bishop John Sherrington of Westminster.“When we give ourselves away to others in love, then we really do discover who we are, and it really is satisfying and fulfilling,” he said.The bishop spoke at a July 24 catechesis session at World Youth Day, addressing a group … [Read more...]

Sri Lankan cardinal forgives church desecrators

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jul 24, 2013 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo has forgiven the desecrators of a Catholic church in Sri Lanka, refusing to press criminal charges against them.Father Cyril Gamin Fernando, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Colombo, told CNA that the act is an exemplar of “Christian love and mercy.” He said the gesture caused a “shockwave” of surprise and won “goodwill” among Sri Lankans.On the night of … [Read more...]

Blessed Frassati a ‘perfect’ fit for World Youth Day play

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 11:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After being contacted by World Youth Day officials to perform a play going along with this year’s theme, a theater group decided they would have to write and produce their own on Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati.“(Bl. Frassati’s) life is a perfect example for today’s youth, especially those that believe that living according to the world is the only logic that exists,” the play’s director, Marcelo … [Read more...]