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...]

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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...]

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WYD pilgrims help rebuild quake-damaged Chilean church

Santiago, Chile, Jul 21, 2013 / 06:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Forty Australian World Youth Day pilgrims made a special stop in Chile on Saturday to help rebuild a 200-year-old church that was totally destroyed in a massive earthquake three years ago.“We have been bringing youth to help rebuild this parish ever since the 2010 earthquake,” said Matías Quer, Missions Coordinator for the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae in Chile. “Although we have made a lot of progress, there … [Read more...]

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Pope to receive cross signed by 10,000 Colombian youth

Bogotá, Colombia, Jul 17, 2013 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro next week, Pope Francis will be presented with and bless a wooden cross signed by more than 10,000 youth from across 26 provinces of Colombia. The Bishop of Rome agreed to receive the cross after he was sent an eight-page letter from Maria Isabel Magana, the Colombian coordinator of the Lewe Youth Movement. The youth movement takes its name, “Lewe,” from the Afrikaans word meaning … [Read more...]

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Bishop catechists for World Youth Day 2013 revealed

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 16, 2013 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, more than 250 bishops from around the world will preside at catechetical sessions for pilgrims from July 24-26. “At the catecheses, we will have to limit the number of entries,” Father Leandro Lenin, director of World Youth Day's pastoral preparation department, announced July 15. Each session will take place from 9am to 1pm, and will conclude with a Mass said by the … [Read more...]

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Argentine bishop turning 100 assures Pope is ‘a holy man’

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jul 16, 2013 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Guillermo Leaden, who resides in Buenos Aires and will turn 100 on July 20, reflected on the election of Pope Francis by saying, “Bergoglio is a holy man.” Bishop Leaden is an auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Buenos Aires archdiocese. He is the eldest bishop in Argentina, and the fifth eldest in the world. Upon learning that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio – the archbishop of Buenos Aires – had been … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ accommodations for World Youth Day revealed

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 15, 2013 / 01:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has posted a series of photos of the room where Pope Francis will stay during his visit to Brazil for World Youth Day, which will take place July 23-28. The accommodations are located at the Sumare House in Rio de Janeiro, where Blessed John Paul II also stayed in October, 1997. The late pontiff had traveled to Brazil for the Second World Meeting of Families. The room where … [Read more...]

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