Cardinal O’Malley to youth: witness by building strong marriages

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 10:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston encouraged thousands of pilgrims at a catechesis talk in Rio de Janeiro to choose carefully and use the right criteria when picking a spouse.“Don’t marry someone because they’re rich or you share the same hobbies, marry someone because you share the same sense of mission,” he said July 26 at the city’s entertainment venue, Vivo Rio.“Get married to … [Read more...]

Lector at Papal WYD Mass says she encountered Church

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 06:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The young woman who proclaimed a Scripture reading at the Papal Mass at World Youth Day said that it was an unforgettable experience that enabled her to encounter the Church in a unique way.“It was amazing to look out and see more than three million people, and to think that this is all due to 12 men who said ‘yes’ to God’s call 2,000 years ago,” said 19-year-old Katherine Bauman, a native of … [Read more...]

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...]