Wheelchair-bound man moves three million hearts in Copacabana

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 07:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The young Brazilian Felipe Passos moved the hearts of three million World Youth Day participants, including Pope Francis himself, when he told the story of how he became bound to a wheelchair and discovered “the Cross.”Felipe, 23, spoke at the World Youth Day prayer vigil July 27 at Copacabana Beach.He told how at the end of the past World Youth Day, held in Madrid in 2011, he made two spiritual promises. He … [Read more...]

Volunteers ask WYD pilgrims to give sleeping bags to Rio homeless

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 07:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of World Youth Day volunteers hope the event's innumerable pilgrims will donate their sleeping bags to the homeless to start living the Pope’s call to charity.One volunteer, Inés San Martín, told CNA July 27 that the idea is important because it is “a concrete response to start putting into practice, from this moment, what Pope Francis has been preaching these days.”The volunteers … [Read more...]

The field of faith is your own heart, Pope tells WYD pilgrims

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 06:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told the crowd of pilgrims at World Youth Day's Saturday night prayer vigil that the “field of faith” is found in their own hearts, which Christ wishes to till.“This, dear young people, means that the real ‘Campus Fidei,’ the field of faith, is your own heart, it is your life,” the Pope told the pilgrims gathered in Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of a vigil July 27. The … [Read more...]

Teen who walked across continent still hopes to meet Pope in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A teen who crossed South America in hopes of meeting Pope Francis walked by foot because he had no money – and now he wants to return by foot “to thank those who helped him.”“I met poor people that offer you everything and rich people that don’t offer you anything,” Facundo Antonio Sebastian Tolaba said. “Since they helped me, I want to help them now.”“I want to return … [Read more...]

WYD pilgrims learn techniques to defend, explain faith

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 03:49 pm (CNA).- Participants at a World Youth Day training session received a crash course in defending the Catholic faith, both in the media – including social media – and around family members, friends and coworkers.“It's that moment when people turn to you and say, 'You're a Catholic, aren't you? How can you justify that?'” said Catholic Voices founder Austen Ivereigh, journalist and author of “How to … [Read more...]

WYD prayer vigil to share youths’ stories of faith amid pain

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- This evening during World Youth Day’s vigil prayer several young people from around the world will share their personal stories of suffering and faith, the event’s organizers say.Those who have been through difficult situations in life and have found a reason to live their Catholic faith, will share their stories before Pope Francis on the main stage at Copacabana Beach as part of an artistic scene.“These … [Read more...]

The Church a unity of diversities, Pope tells Brazil’s bishops

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 02:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told an assembly of the Brazilian bishops that the Church must be founded on unity in the abundance of diversity, rather than a narrow uniformity.“The Church in Brazil … needs a network of regional 'testimonies' which speak the same language and in every place ensure not unanimity, but true unity in the richness of diversity, Pope Francis told the more than 300 bishops gathered at the John Paul … [Read more...]