Faith radically transforms us, Pope tells young people

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 25, 2013 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The virtue of faith “accomplishes a revolution” in the lives of believers, which brings our way of thinking and acting into line with God's, Pope Francis told World Youth Day pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro.“Faith immerses us in his love and gives us security, strength, and hope,” the Pope taught during his homily for a Liturgy of the Word held as a welcoming ceremony for the event.“To all … [Read more...]

Location for World Youth Day vigil changed due to rain

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 25, 2013 / 03:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After three days of rain in Rio de Janeiro, World Youth Day planners have decided to change the location of the overnight prayer vigil and closing Mass to Copacabana beach.The announcement was made July 25, as heavy rains continued to fall on the city. The final World Youth Day events had originally been planned to take place July 27-28 in Campus Fidei - which means "Field of Faith" - in Guaratiba, some 30 … [Read more...]

Over 1 million youth pray with Pope for Sophie

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 25, 2013 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis asked for a moment of silence for 21-year-old pilgrim Sophie Morinière, who was on her way to participate in World Youth Day but died in a bus accident July 17.During the Pope’s welcoming ceremony for World Youth Day on July 25, he expressed his condolences for those who were also badly injured just days before the event.The bus, which was taking a group of pilgrims of the Saint-Léon parish … [Read more...]

Pope to youth: shake things up, bring Church to the streets

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 25, 2013 / 12:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told a gathering of some 30,000 youth from his homeland that they are to “make a mess,” shaking up the comfort, self-satisfaction and clericalism of a Church closed in on itself. “What do I hope for from World Youth Day? I hope for a mess ... that the Church takes to the streets. That we defend ourselves from comfort, that we defend ourselves from clericalism,” the Pope told a group of … [Read more...]

Open your hearts to faith, archbishop encourages Thai Catholics

Bangkok, Thailand, Jul 25, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam, the Apostolic Nuncio to Thailand, encouraged a large gathering of Thai Catholics to renew their lives during the Year of Faith.“Faith is a gift of God,” Archbishop Tschang In-Nam said July 21. “Faith in Christ brings salvation.”The nuncio said God’s call is fully revealed in Jesus and this love “transforms and changes us from within.”He spoke about the … [Read more...]

Pope in Rio slum: Solidarity with the poor is not optional

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 25, 2013 / 09:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking amid cheers in the soccer field of a Rio de Janeiro shanty town, Pope Francis urged people who are more economically privileged to “never tire” of working for solidarity and social justice. “The Brazilian people, particularly the humblest among you, can offer the world a valuable lesson in solidarity, a word that is too often forgotten or silenced, because it is uncomfortable,” he said July 25 … [Read more...]

Archbishop tells pilgrims meeting Jesus changes your life

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 25, 2013 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop emeritus of Delhi, India told English-speaking pilgrims during their first catechesis session of World Youth Day that an encounter with Jesus will change their lives. “When the Lord comes into your life something new happens, we believe we see people from a different perspective,” said Archbishop Vincent Michael Concessao July 24. “You will see people as Jesus saw and he will give us … [Read more...]