Brazilian soccer team gives Pope personalized jersey

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 23, 2013 / 02:09 pm (CNA).- After arriving last night by helicopter at Laranjeiras Stadium, the home of the Fluminense Soccer Club, Pope Francis received a personalized jersey and blessed the famous Brazilian soccer team. The Pope, in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day and on his way to Guanabara Palace yesterday to meet with President Dilma Rousseff, received the jersey from team vice president Alexey Dantas. A smiling Francis thanked him in Spanish for the … [Read more...]

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Young boy speechless after giving flowers to Pope

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 23, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The boy who greeted the Holy Father upon his arrival in Brazil said he could not find the words to describe what it was like to be so near the Successor of Peter.“It’s very emotional – I have no words,” nine year-old Gustavo Silva Clemente told CNA July 22 shortly after greeting Pope Francis at Galeao Air Force Base in Rio de Janeiro.Wearing a rosary around his neck, the young boy presented the Pope … [Read more...]

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Exhausting trip to Rio was ‘worth it,’ Mozambique youths say

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 23, 2013 / 05:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of young people who traveled 18 hours on a plane to make it to Brazil for World Youth Day say the trip was worthwhile just to participate with their peers and hopefully to see the Pope. “It has been a very tiring trip, but now we are very happy to be here and to see the Pope,” Clara, 27, told CNA on July 22 after nearly two days of air travel and countless layovers.The group of about 50 young people … [Read more...]

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Pope very happy with enthusiastic Rio reception

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 23, 2013 / 01:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday to a jubilant welcome that at times involved crowds swarming the popemobile, but rather than frightening him, the display of affection made him quite happy.   “The Pope is very happy with the way Rio has expressed enthusiasm and love for him,” said the Holy See’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi. “Many people have asked if there were … [Read more...]

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Singer says WYD offers chance to experience ‘global Church’

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 06:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Award-winning Catholic musician Matt Maher sees this year’s World Youth Day gathering as an opportunity to recognize the universal nature of the Catholic Church throughout diverse nations and cultures.“One of the things that I’m most looking forward to is just experiencing the global Church,” Maher told CNA shortly after arriving in Rio de Janeiro on July 21 for the start of World Youth Day … [Read more...]

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Bomb found at Aparecida shrine ahead of Pope’s visit

Aparecida, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Brazilian military discovered an improvised bomb in a parking garage bathroom at the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida July 22, which Pope Francis is due to visit on Wednesday, July 24.“It was a homemade device with little potential to cause fatalities,” according to a statement from the Brazilian Air Force. “It is worth pointing out that such episodes formed part of our security forces’ training in … [Read more...]

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Bomb found at Aparecida shrine ahead of Pope’s visit

Aparecida, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Brazilian military discovered an improvised bomb in a parking garage bathroom at the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida July 22, which Pope Francis is due to visit on Wednesday, July 24.“It was a homemade device with little potential to cause fatalities,” according to a statement of the Brazilian Air Force. “It is worth pointing out that such episodes formed part of our security forces’ training in Aparecida … [Read more...]

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