Archive of July 25, 2013

Catholic thinker to head US religious freedom commission

Jul 25, 2013 - 06:12 pm .- Princeton law professor Robert P. George has been elected as chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, giving the prominent Catholic thinker a leading role in policy recommendations for the U.S. government.

Honduran cardinal says saints are a Christian's work of art

Jul 25, 2013 - 06:01 pm .- The Archbishop of Tegucigalpa encouraged young people to follow the path of sanctity during his World Youth Day catechesis July 25, and called saints “the Christian's work of art.”

Faith radically transforms us, Pope tells young people

Jul 25, 2013 - 04:39 pm .- The virtue of faith “accomplishes a revolution” in the lives of believers, which brings our way of thinking and acting into line with God's, Pope Francis told World Youth Day pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro.

Location for World Youth Day vigil changed due to rain

Jul 25, 2013 - 03:59 pm .- After three days of rain in Rio de Janeiro, World Youth Day planners have decided to change the location of the overnight prayer vigil and closing Mass to Copacabana beach.

Over 1 million youth pray with Pope for Sophie

Jul 25, 2013 - 03:30 pm .- Pope Francis asked for a moment of silence for 21-year-old pilgrim Sophie Morinière, who was on her way to participate in World Youth Day but died in a bus accident July 17.

Pope to youth: shake things up, bring Church to the streets

Jul 25, 2013 - 12:18 pm .- Pope Francis told a gathering of some 30,000 youth from his homeland that they are to “make a mess,” shaking up the comfort, self-satisfaction and clericalism of a Church closed in on itself.

Open your hearts to faith, archbishop encourages Thai Catholics

Jul 25, 2013 - 12:01 pm .- Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam, the Apostolic Nuncio to Thailand, encouraged a large gathering of Thai Catholics to renew their lives during the Year of Faith.

Pope in Rio slum: Solidarity with the poor is not optional

Jul 25, 2013 - 09:02 am .- Speaking amid cheers in the soccer field of a Rio de Janeiro shanty town, Pope Francis urged people who are more economically privileged to “never tire” of working for solidarity and social justice.

Archbishop tells pilgrims meeting Jesus changes your life

Jul 25, 2013 - 07:02 am .- The archbishop emeritus of Delhi, India told English-speaking pilgrims during their first catechesis session of World Youth Day that an encounter with Jesus will change their lives.

Vatican spokesman: Pope's energy strikes us all

Jul 25, 2013 - 04:50 am .- 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.

Unusual weather not dampening enthusiasm in Rio

Jul 25, 2013 - 04:11 am .- 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.

Pope 'deeply moved' by train crash in Spain

Jul 25, 2013 - 03:30 am .- 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.

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