Closing Mass for Rio’s World Youth Day largest since 1995

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 29, 2013 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Over three million Catholic pilgrims from around the world attended the final Mass at World Youth Day on Sunday, making the 2013 event the largest of its kind since 1995.Crowds of pilgrims from dozens of countries thronged Copacabana Beach for the final World Youth Day Mass with Pope Francis July 28.The mayor’s office of Rio di Janeiro estimated that 3.2 million people attended the final World Youth Day Mass at … [Read more...]

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In spite of challenges, global youth plan for Krakow

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 29, 2013 / 10:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young global participants in Rio de Janeiro's World Youth Day say that traveling to Krakow, Poland in 2016 for the next event “will be a great challenge,” but that “we’ll be there.”Arturo Fernandez, from the Diocese of Morón in Argentine, told CNA that young people “will do as much as possible to attend the next World Youth Day. We get together and pray hard to be able to … [Read more...]

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World Youth Day vigil was ‘spectacular,’ say pilgrims in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 29, 2013 / 09:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young people participating in the World Youth Day prayer vigil in Rio de Janeiro before the final Mass with Pope Francis said the experience left a mark on them.“The vigil was something spectacular,” said Yoel Aparicio from Lima, Peru.“Visiting Brazil isn’t just visiting Brazil,” he told CNA, “because the Pope asks you to go back to your parish to share everything you have … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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