Jesus’ cross invites us to be smitten by his love, Pope says

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The cross of Christ is an invitation for us to fall in love with him and to then reach out and help our neighbors, Pope Francis said today at the conclusion of the Way of the Cross at World Youth Day.“The cross of Christ invites us also to allow ourselves to be smitten by his love, teaching us always to always look upon others with mercy and tenderness,” the Pope prayed July 26 on Copacabana beach in Rio de … [Read more...]

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Abortion rights activists vandalize cathedral in Chile

Santiago, Chile, Jul 26, 2013 / 04:31 pm (CNA).- Abortion activists interrupted Mass at the Cathedral of the Chilean capital Santiago the evening of July 25, destroying confessionals and defaming several side altars with blasphemous graffiti. “We were celebrating the feast of St. James the Apostle, with the mayor in attendance, and offering thanks to so many Catholics who serve the public, in an atmosphere of peace and recollection when protestors suddenly came in,” said Bishop … [Read more...]

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Never be afraid to share Gospel, Archbishop Chaput tells youth

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of held three catechetical sessions at World Youth Day, urging youth to follow Christ with humility, to share their faith with joy, and to serve the poor both in body and in soul. “Everyone who wants to follow Jesus Christ is called to preach the Gospel to the world,” the archbishop said. “Your joyful witness touches and changes others, often in unforeseen ways. So don't be … [Read more...]

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Family life the ‘privileged’ place to receive faith, Pope says

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 09:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, during his Angelus address today Pope Francis said the transmission of faith takes places first and foremost in the home and among families.“Saints Joachim and Anne were part of a long chain of people who had transmitted their love for God, expressed in the warmth and love of family life, down to Mary, who received the Son of God in her womb and who gave him to the world, to … [Read more...]

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Jesus wants intimate friendship, Denver archbishop tells youth

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila encouraged young people attending World Youth Day to move beyond having a surface-level friendship with Jesus to know him “profoundly.” “My desire is that you come to know and receive the love of Jesus, that you embrace him in profound friendship,” said Archbishop Aquila on July 25. He explained that there are different kinds of friendships, “some are acquaintances … [Read more...]

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Brazilian family uses WYD as pro-life opportunity

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 06:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Said di Lavor family did not leave their commitment to protecting unborn children at home when they made the trip to World Youth Day in Rio. “We make these plastic babies that are … 12 weeks in their actual size,” Cecilia Said di Lavor explained in a July 25 interview with CNA. Along with the models of an unborn child the family is handing out pamphlets to young people with explanations in Spanish, … [Read more...]

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Pope adds meeting with youth detainees to schedule

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 03:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's spokesman says Pope Francis will meet with eight local imprisoned youths on Friday morning, and that the Pope has also kept in touch with a separate group of young inmates that he knew when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires.“While we were on the airplane he told me he had stayed in touch with young people he had visited in a prison in Argentina, phoning them every two weeks,” Father Federico … [Read more...]

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