Newborn with disability presented to Pope at WYD offertory

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 08:48 am (CNA).- A child born with anencephaly, lacking part of her skull and brain, was welcomed by Pope Francis during the offertory at Mass this morning as a gesture of welcome and offering a life to God.Pope Francis met the newborn girl's parents following his Mass with consecrated persons yesterday, July 27. They presented their daughter to him as he was leaving the cathedral of Rio de Janeiro.Even though the abortion of unborn children with … [Read more...]

Don’t stay ‘locked up’ in your parish or movement, Pope teaches

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians are called to be disciples of Jesus with a mission, going out from their small circles to make disciples of all nations, Pope Francis taught today during the closing Mass of World Youth Day.“Jesus is speaking to each one of us, saying: 'It was wonderful to take part in World Youth Day, to live the faith together with young people from the four corners of the earth, but now you must go, now you must pass on … [Read more...]

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...]


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