Teen who walked across continent still hopes to meet Pope in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A teen who crossed South America in hopes of meeting Pope Francis walked by foot because he had no money – and now he wants to return by foot “to thank those who helped him.” “I met poor people that offer you everything and rich people that don’t offer you anything,” Facundo Antonio Sebastian Tolaba said. “Since they helped me, I want to help them now.” “I want to return … [Read more...]

WYD pilgrims learn techniques to defend, explain faith

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 03:49 pm (CNA).- Participants at a World Youth Day training session received a crash course in defending the Catholic faith, both in the media – including social media – and around family members, friends and coworkers. “It's that moment when people turn to you and say, 'You're a Catholic, aren't you? How can you justify that?'” said Catholic Voices founder Austen Ivereigh, journalist and author of “How to … [Read more...]

WYD prayer vigil to share youths’ stories of faith amid pain

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- This evening during World Youth Day’s vigil prayer several young people from around the world will share their personal stories of suffering and faith, the event’s organizers say. Those who have been through difficult situations in life and have found a reason to live their Catholic faith, will share their stories before Pope Francis on the main stage at Copacabana Beach as part of an artistic scene. “These … [Read more...]

The Church a unity of diversities, Pope tells Brazil’s bishops

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 02:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told an assembly of the Brazilian bishops that the Church must be founded on unity in the abundance of diversity, rather than a narrow uniformity. “The Church in Brazil … needs a network of regional 'testimonies' which speak the same language and in every place ensure not unanimity, but true unity in the richness of diversity, Pope Francis told the more than 300 bishops gathered at the John Paul … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: only God’s beauty can attract

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told Brazil’s bishops that people will be drawn to the Church only through God’s beauty, recounting how God worked simply through three fishermen and a statue of the Virgin Mary to enrich the Christian faith of the country. “Only the beauty of God can attract. God’s way is through enticement, allure,” Pope Francis said during a lengthy address to the bishops of Brazil July 27 at the … [Read more...]

Youths feel ‘greater responsibility’ after lunch with Pope Francis

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The twelve youths chosen to lunch with Pope Francis during World Youth Day said they were still in disbelief, adding that the encounter gave them a greater responsibility to serve the needy. “I still can’t believe what happened,” said Marcelo Galiano, originally from Argentina’s Diocese of Paraná. “I had already been working for the Church, but this gives me a bigger push to be more firm in … [Read more...]

Bishop: love of Christ must fuel missionary work

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 12:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Our evangelization work must be motivated by a relationship of love with Jesus, an Australian bishop told a group of young English-speaking pilgrims at World Youth Day. “We need to invite people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and allow them to discover,” said Bishop D. Eugene Hurley of Darwin, Australia on July 26. The bishop was among the English-speaking catechists at World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de … [Read more...]

Religion is ‘leaven’ in society, Pope tells Brazil’s leaders

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told representatives of Brazil’s leadership this morning that governments should affirm the value of religion in society so that religions can contribute to open dialogue in the public square. “Peaceful coexistence between different religions is favored by the laicity of the state, which ... respects and esteems the presence of the religious factor in society, while fostering its concrete … [Read more...]

Proclaim Gospel boldly and freely, Pope tells clergy

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday urged Catholic clergy and consecrated religious to share the Gospel with young people boldly “so that they may encounter Christ” and then form a better world. “We are indeed here to praise the Lord, and we do so reaffirming our desire to be his instruments so that not only some peoples may praise God, but all,” the Pope preached July 27 at Rio de Janeiro’s St. Sebastian … [Read more...]

Vocations Fair at WYD seeks to spark reflection

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 10:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A major part of World Youth Day, the 2013 Vocations Fair offers young people examples of those who have responded concretely to God's call through lives of prayer, sacraments and witness. “The goal,” explained Father Leonardo Lopes, the fair's coordinator, is to lead “all who pass by there to wonder what God expects of them.” The Vocations Fair runs July 23-26 and is located at the Quinta da Boa … [Read more...]