Thousands of journalists swarm Copacabana beach for World Youth Day

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Around 6,000 journalists from around the globe are flocking to Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach this week to cover the Pope Francis’ first World Youth Day.“It’s a very big challenge to give the right message about the Pope,” said Chloe Martial, a volunteer for World Youth Day’s media center.“We’ve been giving a lot of accreditations and some people were missing because of the … [Read more...]

World Youth Day participants hope to build peaceful future

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 12:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Journalists from across the world heard stories of faith and determination from young people attending World Youth Day 2013 in the hopes of working for a more just and peaceful society.Archbishop Orani João Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro explained that Pope Francis arrives in Brazil today bearing the hope of “all those who want to build a better world.”The archbishop welcomed the nearly 6,000 journalists from … [Read more...]

Impoverished youth will give Marian image to Brazilian slum

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jul 22, 2013 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of 67 young people from the slums in Buenos Aires heading to Brazil for World Youth Day will leave an image of Our Lady of Lujan as a gift to the youth in the slums in Rio de Janeiro. The Argentine young people live in slums often visited by then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, thus sharing a unique fraternal encounter with residents in the Varginha slum, or “favela,” in Rio, which Pope Francis will visit July … [Read more...]

Rio archbishop: World Youth Day shows young people’s thirst for God

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the official start of World Youth Day nears, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro reflected on the event as a sign that young people always look for God in order to serve him. The festive atmosphere created by thousands of youth coming to Rio de Janeiro from other cities in Brazil and around the world, shows the world that the youth are “animated by Christ, walking with Christ, seeking God, to serve God, to … [Read more...]

Lourdes shrine officially records 69th miracle

Lourdes, France, Jul 22, 2013 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The famous Marian shrine in Lourdes, France has received an official declaration from the Bishop of Pavia, Italy stating that the 69th miracle has taken place there. "I have the joy of reporting to everyone my healing, which just a few days ago was approved as a miracle by my bishop, which is a beautiful thing,” said Mrs. Danila Castelli, who experienced the miracle on May 4, 1989 after visiting the baths in … [Read more...]

Pope mourns death of Cardinal Pimenta, a man of ‘devoted service’

Mumbai, India, Jul 22, 2013 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolence to the Archbishop of Bombay over the July 19 death of his predecessor, Cardinal Simon Pimenta, who served as the city's archbishop from 1978 to 1996. The Pope commended the “noble soul” to God, acknowledging with gratitude Cardinal Pimenta’s long years of “devoted service” to the Catholic community and his many years of “faithful assistance” to … [Read more...]

Pope targets ‘throwaway culture’ during Brazil visit

Rome, Italy, Jul 22, 2013 / 08:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said as he flew to Rio de Janeiro that he is going to meet young people and help counter a “throwaway culture” that threatens to isolate them from society. When “we isolate young people, we do them an injustice: young people belong to a family, a country, a culture, a faith … we must not isolate them, they really are the future of a people,” the Pope said July 22 in brief remarks to journalists … [Read more...]