Archive of July 27, 2013

Wheelchair-bound man moves three million hearts in Copacabana

Jul 27, 2013 - 07:50 pm .- 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.”

Volunteers ask WYD pilgrims to give sleeping bags to Rio homeless

Jul 27, 2013 - 07:08 pm .- 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.

The field of faith is your own heart, Pope tells WYD pilgrims

Jul 27, 2013 - 06:01 pm .- 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.

Teen who walked across continent still hopes to meet Pope in Rio

Jul 27, 2013 - 04:43 pm .- 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.”

WYD pilgrims learn techniques to defend, explain faith

Jul 27, 2013 - 03:49 pm .- 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.

WYD prayer vigil to share youths' stories of faith amid pain

Jul 27, 2013 - 02:46 pm .- This evening during World Youth Day’s vigil prayer several young people from around the world will share their personal stories of suffering and faith, the event’s organizers say.

The Church a unity of diversities, Pope tells Brazil's bishops

Jul 27, 2013 - 02:40 pm .- Pope Francis told an assembly of the Brazilian bishops that the Church must be founded on unity in the abundance of diversity, rather than a narrow uniformity.

Pope Francis: only God’s beauty can attract

Jul 27, 2013 - 02:07 pm .- Pope Francis told Brazil’s bishops that people will be drawn to the Church only through God’s beauty, recounting how God worked simply through three fishermen and a statue of the Virgin Mary to enrich the Christian faith of the country.

Youths feel 'greater responsibility' after lunch with Pope Francis

Jul 27, 2013 - 01:01 pm .- The twelve youths chosen to lunch with Pope Francis during World Youth Day said they were still in disbelief, adding that the encounter gave them a greater responsibility to serve the needy.

Bishop: love of Christ must fuel missionary work

Jul 27, 2013 - 12:19 pm .- Our evangelization work must be motivated by a relationship of love with Jesus, an Australian bishop told a group of young English-speaking pilgrims at World Youth Day.

Religion is 'leaven' in society, Pope tells Brazil's leaders

Jul 27, 2013 - 12:07 pm .- Pope Francis told representatives of Brazil’s leadership this morning that governments should affirm the value of religion in society so that religions can contribute to open dialogue in the public square.

Proclaim Gospel boldly and freely, Pope tells clergy

Jul 27, 2013 - 10:28 am .- Pope Francis on Saturday urged Catholic clergy and consecrated religious to share the Gospel with young people boldly “so that they may encounter Christ” and then form a better world.

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