Vatican spokesman: Pope’s energy strikes us all

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 25, 2013 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite jetlag, rainy weather and an intense schedule, Pope Francis is showing no sign of slowing down as he meets with young people in Rio de Janeiro. Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See’s press office, told the press July 24 that Pope Francis “hasn’t stopped at all” and his continuous energy is “something that strikes all of us.” He also has not lost any of his personal … [Read more...]

Unusual weather not dampening enthusiasm in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 25, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Rio de Janeiro experienced another day of rain on Wednesday along with lower than normal temperatures, forcing World Youth Day pilgrims to wear the jackets and ponchos they packed but did not plan to wear. Leao, a security guard at the World Youth Day media center in Rio, told CNA July 24, “This cold is not normal and it is very cold.  Neither is the rain.  This is normal in Sao Paulo but not … [Read more...]

Pope ‘deeply moved’ by train crash in Spain

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Jul 25, 2013 / 03:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is praying for the victims and families of the 77 people who have died in a train derailment near the Spanish pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday evening. During a July 24 evening press conference in Rio de Janeiro, the Vatican press office director, Father Federico Lombardi, said the Pope has been informed of the tragic accident, which “deeply moved” him and he is now praying … [Read more...]

Christian lawyers sue to overturn contraception mandate

Ann Arbor, Mich., Jul 24, 2013 / 08:04 pm (CNA).- Michael and Shaun Willis and their Michigan-based law firm filed a lawsuit seeking to have the HHS mandate declared a violation of the Constitution and of federal law over religious liberty concerns. “That our own government is knowingly displaying such a lack of tolerance for faithful Christians is outrageous,” Erin Mersino, a lawyer at the Thomas More Law Center, and the lead attorney on the case, stated July 24. “The … [Read more...]

Canadians find greater unity at Rio’s World Youth Day

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 06:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Canadian pilgrims said this World Youth Day is more fun and the youth feel “more united” than at previous events.“There are always little differences in all of them, but I find that in this particularly, there’s a lot more of a sense of communion,” said Christina Brine, from Winnipeg, Canada.“It doesn’t matter what language you speak, you’re able to communicate, … [Read more...]

Pilgrims in Rio see fellowship as World Youth Day highlight

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 05:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Wind and rain on Copacabana beach did not stop more than half a million young people from experiencing the global nature of the Church at the Opening Mass of World Youth Day on the evening of July 23.“This is amazing. It's more fun than I've ever had,” said Michael Nightingale.The 17-year-old from St. Louis, Mo., is traveling with an archdiocesan group and said that he is attending World Youth Day for the … [Read more...]

Despite repression, Cuban youth celebrate WYD in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of young pilgrims from Cuba have arrived in Brazil to celebrate the 28th World Youth Day despite initial restrictions from their government.“We have come to take part in World Youth day; to be part of this great manifestation of the Church and what always happens is that (reporters) end up bringing politics into everything,” one pilgrim who wished to remain anonymous told CNA July 24. “We are … [Read more...]


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