Catholics find grace in Copacabana confessions

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 04:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Young people from around the world stood in long lines on Rio’s Copacabana Beach to take part in the Sacrament of Reconciliation during World Youth Day. “It’s a beautiful experience to be reconciled to God during this World Youth Day,” a young pilgrim, who wished to remain unnamed, told CNA moments after confession July 27. Many priests helped to provide confession for the three million pilgrims present … [Read more...]

Build a ‘civilization of love,’ Pope encourages Brazilian people

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a farewell address to the people of Brazil, Pope Francis indicated his thanks for their warm welcome and encouraged them, and the pilgrims of World Youth Day, to build up a civilization based on charity. “Through your joyful witness and service, help to build a civilization of love,” the Pope said to the youthful pilgrims as he prepared to board a flight back to Rome at Rio de Janeiro's Galeao International … [Read more...]

Make definite commitments, Pope urges youth

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his encounter of thanks with the volunteers at World Youth Day, Pope Francis exhorted the young people to make commitments, and not be afraid to follow God's will into marriage or consecrated life. “God calls you to make definite choices … to respond to your vocation is to move towards personal fulfillment,” Pope Francis told the thousands of volunteers gathered to meet with him in Rio de Janeiro July … [Read more...]

Californian at WYD seeks signatures from around the world

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 03:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mike Alvarado is on a mission at World Youth Day to get people from around the world to sign his curious-looking flag. The 29-year-old American carried to Rio one large flag made up of smaller flags from 150 countries. By the end of World Youth Day he hopes to have the signatures of young people from all the countries represented on his flag. Alvarado, a director of youth ministry at a high school in California, is a … [Read more...]

Embrace ‘missionary spirit,’ Pope tells Latin American bishops

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told leading Latin American bishops that all Catholics must renew the Church with a “missionary spirit,” acknowledging that he and other bishops are “lagging somewhat” in spiritual renewal. “Bishops must be pastors, close to people, fathers and brothers, and gentle, patient and merciful. Men who love poverty,” the Pope said. He praised bishops with “simplicity and … [Read more...]

‘Marks’ of Francis’ papacy starting to emerge, Vatican spokesman says

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 01:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The director of the Vatican press office said that several major themes can be seen throughout Pope Francis’ addresses during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What we are seeing during this Papal trip, said Fr. Federico Lombardi, are “key expressions that are emerging as the marks of this pontificate.” These are phrases and concepts that have already been part of Pope's Francis' papacy, but … [Read more...]

Poles thrilled to hear next World Youth Day in Krakow

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 10:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young Polish men and women gathered in Rio rejoiced at Pope Francis’ announcement that Krakow, Poland will host the next World Youth Day in the summer of 2016. “I haven’t got words, I don’t know what to say,” said Hanna Banas, 25. “We had heard it could be in Poland but we weren’t sure,” she told CNA. She was with a group gathered among the three million youths at … [Read more...]

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...]