Nigerian bishop calls Catholics to be missionaries at home

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 09:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics should live out their everyday lives in a way that witnesses to those around them, offering hope in a world of darkness, said Bishop John Ebebe Ayah of Ogaja, Nigeria.“We are all missionaries,” the bishop said to a group of English-speaking pilgrims at World Youth Day.He urged them to “re-evangelize the world, bring the world back to Christ.”Bishop Ayah spoke at one of the July 25 World … [Read more...]

Pope: Mary the model of evangelization, Christian service

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 09:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the closing Mass of World Youth Day, Pope Francis held Mary up as the model for the life of Christians, because of her desire to bring Jesus her son to the world.“On receiving the grace of being the Mother of the Incarnate Word, she did not keep that gift to herself,” Pope Francis said during his Angelus address July 28 on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach.“She set off, she left her home and … [Read more...]

Krakow to host next World Youth Day

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 09:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “The next World Youth Day in the year 2016 will be in Krakow, in Poland!” the Pope said at the close of Sunday Mass in Rio July 28.The event is sure to attract millions.Bl. Pope John Paul II was Archbishop of Krakow before his election to the papacy. The archdiocese has about 1.5 million Catholics and over 1,100 diocesan priests across 439 parishes, according to the website Catholic Hierarchy.Cardnal Stanislaw … [Read more...]

Newborn with disability presented to Pope at WYD offertory

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 08:48 am (CNA).- A child born with anencephaly, lacking part of her skull and brain, was welcomed by Pope Francis during the offertory at Mass this morning as a gesture of welcome and offering a life to God.Pope Francis met the newborn girl's parents following his Mass with consecrated persons yesterday, July 27. They presented their daughter to him as he was leaving the cathedral of Rio de Janeiro.Even though the abortion of unborn children with … [Read more...]

Don’t stay ‘locked up’ in your parish or movement, Pope teaches

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians are called to be disciples of Jesus with a mission, going out from their small circles to make disciples of all nations, Pope Francis taught today during the closing Mass of World Youth Day.“Jesus is speaking to each one of us, saying: 'It was wonderful to take part in World Youth Day, to live the faith together with young people from the four corners of the earth, but now you must go, now you must pass on … [Read more...]

Wheelchair-bound man moves three million hearts in Copacabana

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 07:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The young Brazilian Felipe Passos moved the hearts of three million World Youth Day participants, including Pope Francis himself, when he told the story of how he became bound to a wheelchair and discovered “the Cross.”Felipe, 23, spoke at the World Youth Day prayer vigil July 27 at Copacabana Beach.He told how at the end of the past World Youth Day, held in Madrid in 2011, he made two spiritual promises. He … [Read more...]

Volunteers ask WYD pilgrims to give sleeping bags to Rio homeless

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 07:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of World Youth Day volunteers hope the event's innumerable pilgrims will donate their sleeping bags to the homeless to start living the Pope’s call to charity.One volunteer, Inés San Martín, told CNA July 27 that the idea is important because it is “a concrete response to start putting into practice, from this moment, what Pope Francis has been preaching these days.”The volunteers … [Read more...]