Panama to host next WYD in 2019, Pope announces

Krakow, Poland, Jul 31, 2016 / 03:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis officially closed WYD in Krakow, thanking the thousands of youth who traveled across the world to participate, and announced that the next global encounter will take place in Panama.“I am happy to announce that the next World Youth Day – after the two that will be held on the diocesan level – will take place in 2019 in Panama,” the Pope said July 31.He made the announcement after … [Read more...]

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Pope to young people: Not one of you is insignificant

Krakow, Poland, Jul 31, 2016 / 03:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Our true identity cannot be lived out in glum negativity, but only in the knowledge that, in God's eyes, our value cannot be measured; no one is insignificant. Pope Francis made these remarks on Sunday to at least 1.5 million young people gathered in Krakow for the final Mass of World Youth Day (WYD).“God loves us the way we are, and no sin, fault or mistake of ours makes him change his mind,” the Pope said in his homily … [Read more...]

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This young postulant says ‘don’t be afraid’ of God’s calling

Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Many things happen during World Youth Day. Young people from all over the world travel to meet the Pope, they meet peers with whom they can share their faith, many have personal conversions and many even discover their vocations.In fact, one of the things WYD is most known for, aside from the mass numbers it attracts, is the emphasis it places on vocations.Not only are thousands of priests and religious present for the event, but … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis tells scores of young people to avoid ‘sofa happiness’

Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis challenged massive crowds of young people at World Youth Day's final vigil to step away from the “sofa” of comfort and convenience, and respond to Christ's call to transform a suffering world.“Today Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life, is calling you to leave your mark on history,” the Pope told the estimated 1.6 million people attending Saturday's vigil at the “Campus … [Read more...]

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Pope makes unexpected stop at Franciscan monastery

Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 11:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Before heading to an evening prayer vigil with youth, Pope Francis made an unannounced stop at a Franciscan monastery housing the relics of two martyrs, where he prayed for peace and an end to violence.“O almighty and merciful God, Lord of the universe and of history. All is good and your compassion for the mistakes of mankind knows no limits,” Francis said in the opening of the July 30 prayer.He asked that God sow … [Read more...]

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God prefers us weak, Pope Francis says off-the-cuff to youth

Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The weaker we are, the more God's mercy can transform our lives. Pope Francis made these impromptu remarks on Saturday to crowds of young people gathered outside of Krakow’s St. John Paul II shrine.“Today, the Lord wants us to feel ever more profoundly his great mercy,” the Pope said in a short, impromptu speech, delivered right after his visit to the Polish city’s Divine Mercy shrine. “May we never … [Read more...]

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God prefers us weak, Pope Francis says off-the-cuff to youth

Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The weaker we are, the more God's mercy can transform our lives. Pope Francis made these impromptu remarks on Saturday to crowds of young people gathered outside of Krakow’s St. John Paul II shrine.“Today, the Lord wants us to feel ever more profoundly his great mercy,” the Pope said in a short, impromptu speech, delivered right after his visit to the Polish city’s Divine Mercy shrine. “May we never … [Read more...]

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