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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Honduran cardinal says saints are a Christian’s work of art

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 25, 2013 / 06:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Tegucigalpa encouraged young people to follow the path of sanctity during his World Youth Day catechesis July 25, and called saints “the Christian's work of art.” “When young people discover the path to holiness, new horizons open up before them,” Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga told CNA today at the site of his catechetical session, Saint Augustine parish in Rio de … [Read more...]

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Faith radically transforms us, Pope tells young people

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 25, 2013 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The virtue of faith “accomplishes a revolution” in the lives of believers, which brings our way of thinking and acting into line with God's, Pope Francis told World Youth Day pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro.“Faith immerses us in his love and gives us security, strength, and hope,” the Pope taught during his homily for a Liturgy of the Word held as a welcoming ceremony for the event.“To all … [Read more...]

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Location for World Youth Day vigil changed due to rain

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 25, 2013 / 03:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After three days of rain in Rio de Janeiro, World Youth Day planners have decided to change the location of the overnight prayer vigil and closing Mass to Copacabana beach.The announcement was made July 25, as heavy rains continued to fall on the city. The final World Youth Day events had originally been planned to take place July 27-28 in Campus Fidei - which means "Field of Faith" - in Guaratiba, some 30 … [Read more...]

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