Archive of July 26, 2013

Vocations Fair at WYD seeks to spark reflection

Jul 26, 2013 - 10:12 pm .- A major part of World Youth Day, the 2013 Vocations Fair offers young people examples of those who have responded concretely to God's call through lives of prayer, sacraments and witness.

Indian youth recounts 'great' World Youth Day lunch with Pope

Jul 26, 2013 - 07:30 pm .- Thomson Philip, a young India-born man who lives in New Zealand, can hardly believe he sat next to Pope Francis for lunch during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro.

US religious freedom commissioners urge foreign policy action

Jul 26, 2013 - 06:05 pm .- Leaders of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom say that religious liberty is an “essential element” of human dignity and its protection deserves prominence in U.S. foreign policy.

Teenager crosses South America on foot to see Pope

Jul 26, 2013 - 05:21 pm .- Unable to afford transportation, a teenage boy traveled 1,829 miles to Rio de Janeiro by foot, hoping to meet Pope Francis during World Youth Day.

Jesus' cross invites us to be smitten by his love, Pope says

Jul 26, 2013 - 04:44 pm .- The cross of Christ is an invitation for us to fall in love with him and to then reach out and help our neighbors, Pope Francis said today at the conclusion of the Way of the Cross at World Youth Day.

Abortion rights activists vandalize cathedral in Chile

Jul 26, 2013 - 04:31 pm .- Abortion activists interrupted Mass at the Cathedral of the Chilean capital Santiago the evening of July 25, destroying confessionals and defaming several side altars with blasphemous graffiti.

Virginia diocese mourns death of employee in Spanish train wreck

Jul 26, 2013 - 03:58 pm .- Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington has expressed his condolences over the death of employee Ana Maria Cordoba, who was killed in the July 24 train crash in Santiago, Spain

Never be afraid to share Gospel, Archbishop Chaput tells youth

Jul 26, 2013 - 02:06 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia held three catechetical sessions at World Youth Day, urging youth to follow Christ with humility, to share their faith with joy, and to serve the poor both in body and in soul.

'Bear witness to faith,' bishop encourages Thai Catholic youth

Jul 26, 2013 - 02:00 pm .- Several thousand children and teens in Thailand marked the Catholic Church’s Year of Faith by attending a special faith formation workshop.

Pope Francis named 'most influential' world leader on Twitter

Jul 26, 2013 - 11:50 am .- A new global communications report calls Pope Francis the most influential world leader on Twitter, who has the second-largest following among world leaders on the fast-paced social media network.

Vatican-Italy financial pact not linked to Msgr. Scarano case

Jul 26, 2013 - 11:00 am .- The Vatican and Italy will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding between their financial authorities to regulate data exchange, but this agreement is not tied to the recent scandals involving the so-called Vatican bank.

Family life the 'privileged' place to receive faith, Pope says

Jul 26, 2013 - 09:09 am .- Marking the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, during his Angelus address today Pope Francis said the transmission of faith takes places first and foremost in the home and among families.

Jesus wants intimate friendship, Denver archbishop tells youth

Jul 26, 2013 - 09:01 am .- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila encouraged young people attending World Youth Day to move beyond having a surface-level friendship with Jesus to know him “profoundly.”

Brazilian family uses WYD as pro-life opportunity

Jul 26, 2013 - 06:14 am .- The Said di Lavor family did not leave their commitment to protecting unborn children at home when they made the trip to World Youth Day in Rio.

Vatican bishop: today's technological dangers foreseen by Humanae Vitae

Jul 26, 2013 - 05:45 am .- On its 45th anniversary, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical that upheld the Church’s teaching on birth control is “incredibly up-to-date,” especially because it raises “the problem of a technocracy,” which is “the main problem of our culture and our society,” says Bishop Mario Toso.

Pope adds meeting with youth detainees to schedule

Jul 26, 2013 - 03:41 am .- The Vatican's spokesman says Pope Francis will meet with five local imprisoned youths on Friday morning, and that the Pope has also kept in touch with a group of young inmates that he knew when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires.

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