Teenager crosses South America on foot to see Pope

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 05:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Unable to afford transportation, a teenage boy traveled 1,829 miles to Rio de Janeiro by foot, hoping to meet Pope Francis during World Youth Day.Young Facundo spent one month horizontally crossing almost the entire South American continent – from his hometown of Jujuy, Argentina to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – to take part in the July 23 - 28 global youth event.“I wanted to come with the people of Jujuy … [Read more...]

Jesus’ cross invites us to be smitten by his love, Pope says

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The cross of Christ is an invitation for us to fall in love with him and to then reach out and help our neighbors, Pope Francis said today at the conclusion of the Way of the Cross at World Youth Day.“The cross of Christ invites us also to allow ourselves to be smitten by his love, teaching us always to always look upon others with mercy and tenderness,” the Pope prayed July 26 on Copacabana beach in Rio de … [Read more...]

Abortion rights activists vandalize cathedral in Chile

Santiago, Chile, Jul 26, 2013 / 04:31 pm (CNA).- Abortion activists interrupted Mass at the Cathedral of the Chilean capital Santiago the evening of July 25, destroying confessionals and defaming several side altars with blasphemous graffiti. “We were celebrating the feast of St. James the Apostle, with the mayor in attendance, and offering thanks to so many Catholics who serve the public, in an atmosphere of peace and recollection when protestors suddenly came in,” said Bishop … [Read more...]

Virginia diocese mourns death of employee in Spanish train wreck

Arlington, Va., Jul 26, 2013 / 03:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington has expressed his condolences over the death of employee Ana Maria Cordoba, who was killed in the July 24 train crash in Santiago, Spain.“The tragic death of Ana Maria Cordoba in the recent train derailment in Spain is the cause of immense grief not only to her beloved family – her parents, husband, daughter and son –  but also to the ‘family’ of our diocesan … [Read more...]

Never be afraid to share Gospel, Archbishop Chaput tells youth

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of held three catechetical sessions at World Youth Day, urging youth to follow Christ with humility, to share their faith with joy, and to serve the poor both in body and in soul. “Everyone who wants to follow Jesus Christ is called to preach the Gospel to the world,” the archbishop said. “Your joyful witness touches and changes others, often in unforeseen ways. So don't be … [Read more...]

‘Bear witness to faith,’ bishop encourages Thai Catholic youth

Bangkok, Thailand, Jul 26, 2013 / 02:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several thousand children and teens in Thailand marked the Catholic Church’s Year of Faith by attending a special faith formation workshop.Bishop Joseph Chusak Sirisut of northeast Thailand’s Diocese of Nakhon Ratchasima encouraged the youths to “believe and bear witness to faith… put your trust in God.”“He is with us until the end of the age,” the bishop said during his homily at a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis named ‘most influential’ world leader on Twitter

Geneva, Switzerland, Jul 26, 2013 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new global communications report calls Pope Francis the most influential world leader on Twitter, who has the second-largest following among world leaders on the fast-paced social media network. “Although Pope Francis does not engage with other Twitter users ... his Spanish tweets are re-tweeted on average more than 11,000 times, making him the most influential world leader on Twitter,” the Switzerland-based public … [Read more...]