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...]

Indian youth recounts ‘great’ World Youth Day lunch with Pope

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 07:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thomson Philip, a young India-born man who lives in New Zealand, can hardly believe he sat next to Pope Francis for lunch during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro.The 27 year-old communications engineer told CNA, “I don’t have enough words to describe what I feel. I felt so blessed and it was the best experience of my life. I have a lot of responsibility now with this.”During the Friday lunch, Pope … [Read more...]

US religious freedom commissioners urge foreign policy action

Washington D.C., Jul 26, 2013 / 06:05 pm (CNA).- Leaders of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom say that religious liberty is an “essential element” of human dignity and its protection deserves prominence in U.S. foreign policy.“Since America's founding, the country has honored this form of liberty,” Robert P. George, the newly elected commission chair, and commission vice-chair Katrina Lantos Swett, wrote in the Wall Street Journal July … [Read more...]