Experts say WYD crowd in Rio was not even half as big as reported

Details:  If measured in spirit, there is hardly a soul who would question the success of Pope Francis’ Mass on giant Copacabana beach last weekend. The count when it comes to the flesh-and-blood numbers of faithful who actually attended is an entirely different matter. The Vatican said an historic 3.7 million people were at the [Read More...]

What’s the Media Saying About the Pope in Rio?

Vatican Radio’s Sean Patrick Lovett has the answer:  One thing that really stands out in headlines across the media spectrum, is how the Argentine Pope is conquering everybody – even the Brazilians (!) – with his warm and simple attitude and with the direct way he uses words… Both local Rio papers, O Globo and [Read More...]

“Dear friends, open your eyes and look around you…”

On Friday the Vatican published Pope Benedict XVI’s much anticipated message to young people as they begin the countdown to World Youth Day celebrations in Brazil, July 2013.  A snip: Dear friends, open your eyes and look around you. So many young people no longer see any meaning in their lives. Go forth! Christ needs [Read More...]


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