Archive of July 23, 2013

Bishop says young people in Rio are pilgrims, not tourists

Jul 23, 2013 - 08:05 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Cristian Contreras Villarroel of Santiago, Chile, says the hundreds of thousands of young people in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day are not there as tourists but as true pilgrims.

'Infect everyone' with joy of Christ, says Rio archbishop

Jul 23, 2013 - 05:30 pm .- Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro greeted pilgrims at World Youth Day's opening Mass, urging them to spread the infectious joy and peace of Jesus Christ to the whole world.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter mourns passing of founder

Jul 23, 2013 - 05:05 pm .- The priest who sparked the international expansion of faith-based marriage enrichment retreats, Fr. Chuck Gallagher, passed away July 21 at the age of 85 in New Jersey.

Holy Land Franciscans lament ban on co-ed schools in Gaza

Jul 23, 2013 - 04:01 pm .- A law in the Gaza Strip segregating classrooms by sex threatens the existence of Christian schools in the territory, according to the head of a Franciscan group that supports Christians in the Holy Land.

Cardinal Dolan: WYD catechesis will cover 'beautiful themes'

Jul 23, 2013 - 03:36 pm .- Held at each World Youth Day as an opportunity to provide formation for participants, the three catechesis sessions in Rio will delve into the Church’s missionary character, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York.

'I hope the Pope sets our hearts on fire,' says Paraguayan WYD pilgrim

Jul 23, 2013 - 02:55 pm .- Fabricio, Jose and Diego, three World Youth Day pilgrims from Paraguay, say their deep desire that Pope Francis will set hearts on fire with the love of Christ during the week-long event.

Brazilian soccer team gives Pope personalized jersey

Jul 23, 2013 - 02:09 pm .- After arriving last night by helicopter at Laranjeiras Stadium, the home of the Fluminense Soccer Club, Pope Francis received a personalized jersey and blessed the famous Brazilian soccer team.

Indian cardinal lauds encyclical as bold call to proclaim faith

Jul 23, 2013 - 12:07 pm .- Pope Francis' encyclical “Lumen Fidei” is notable for exploring the “valuable richness” of faith and for being an “answer to the present challenges to faith,” according to the Archbishop of Bombay.

Young boy speechless after giving flowers to Pope

Jul 23, 2013 - 12:03 pm .- The boy who greeted the Holy Father upon his arrival in Brazil said he could not find the words to describe what it was like to be so near the Successor of Peter.

Catholic bishops offer prayers for royal baby

Jul 23, 2013 - 11:10 am .- Catholic bishops in the United Kingdom offered their congratulations and prayers for Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, upon the birth of their first son, the Prince of Cambridge.

Exhausting trip to Rio was 'worth it,' Mozambique youths say

Jul 23, 2013 - 05:06 am .- A group of young people who traveled 18 hours on a plane to make it to Brazil for World Youth Day say the trip was worthwhile just to participate with their peers and hopefully to see the Pope.

Care for the stranger a 'sacred duty,' archbishop teaches

Jul 23, 2013 - 04:02 am .- Drawing on Sunday's reading about Abraham's hospitality to his three visitors, Archbishop José Gomez taught during a Mass in recognition of immigrants that “God comes to us in the person of the stranger.”

Pope very happy with enthusiastic Rio reception

Jul 23, 2013 - 01:58 am .- Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday to a jubilant welcome that at times involved crowds swarming the popemobile, but rather than frightening him, the display of affection made him quite happy.

Parish outreach to young parents? There's an app for that

Jul 23, 2013 - 12:10 am .- Father John Belmonte noticed two things about the millennial generation – they were scarce in the pews, and they were always on their smartphones.

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