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Meningitis death of World Youth Day pilgrim prompts health alert

Aug 2, 2016 - 10:09 am .- The Italian bishops' conference has issued an advisory to pilgrims, after a young Italian girl died of meningitis while she was returning home from World Youth Day in Poland.

This young postulant says 'don't be afraid' of God's calling

Jul 30, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- Many things happen during World Youth Day. Young people from all over the world travel to meet the Pope, they meet peers with whom they can share their faith, many have personal conversions and many even discover their vocations.

God prefers us weak, Pope Francis says off-the-cuff to youth

Jul 30, 2016 - 09:28 am .- The weaker we are, the more God's mercy can transform our lives. Pope Francis made these impromptu remarks on Saturday to crowds of young people gathered outside of Krakow’s St. John Paul II shrine.

Pope to priests and religious: Don't be content with mediocrity

Jul 30, 2016 - 04:24 am .- During Mass celebrated at the shrine of St. John Paul II in Krakow, Pope Francis challenged the priests, religious, and seminarians present in the congregation, saying true disciples are not content with mediocrity, but rather they rejoice in the mission of evangelization.

Are young Catholics cynical about politics? Nope, Cardinal Dolan says

Jul 30, 2016 - 03:02 am .- With political discourse taking a turn for the nasty(er) as the U.S. presidential elections draw near, are youth disillusioned by the inflammatory, insulting remarks that have come to define this year's race?  

The cruelty of Auschwitz still continues, Pope tells youth

Jul 29, 2016 - 01:46 pm .- Speaking from the balcony of the bishop's palace in Krakow, Pope Francis told youth gathered below that the horror lived by prisoners in the Auschwitz extermination camp isn’t over, but still continues in those who suffer various forms of cruelty today.

Heroism and sacrifice: The Catholic history of Auschwitz

Jul 29, 2016 - 12:20 pm .- Pope Francis sat quietly in one of Auschwitz's most ominous prison cells, praying in what had been the inhumane living space of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic priest martyred during the Holocaust.

Are you suffering? Jesus is with you, Pope Francis says

Jul 29, 2016 - 11:56 am .- The Way of the Cross shows Christ's embrace of everyone who hungers, suffers, and dies – and the imperative for Christians to do works of mercy. Those were Pope Francis’ words for young people at World Youth Day in Krakow on Friday.

Francis' message to young Cubans: Dream of a better world

Jul 29, 2016 - 11:13 am .- Pope Francis sent a video message to Cuban youth unable to attend World Youth Day on Friday, encouraging them to have hope and to bring the Gospel to life.

WYD panel discusses worldwide state of religious freedom

Jul 29, 2016 - 10:29 am .- The day after a priest was brutally murdered in France, a panel at World Youth Day in Poland discussed the importance of religious freedom worldwide.

The Pope's powerful words at a children's hospital in Poland

Jul 29, 2016 - 09:48 am .- Pope Francis paid a visit to the patients of a children's hospital in Krakow on Friday, where he stressed the need for social and political concerns to center on the needs of society's most disadvantaged.

At Auschwitz, Pope prays for God's forgiveness

Jul 29, 2016 - 05:40 am .- Pope Francis paid a solemn visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps on Friday, where over a million people are believed to have lost their lives. At the memorials, he gave no speech and prayed in silence, but instead wrote in the guest book two simple lines begging for God's mercy and forgiveness.

Three words every couple should know, according to Pope Francis

Jul 28, 2016 - 02:28 pm .- Married couples were the focus of Pope Francis’ second “balcony talk” in Poland on Thursday, receiving from him three words he has often said are key to a successful marriage.

Don't waste your life seeking 'empty thrills', Pope tells youth

Jul 28, 2016 - 11:58 am .- For young people who have given up on life, or who waste their existence seeking out “empty thrills,” Pope Francis proposes an alternative: Look to Christ, for only he can bring lasting fulfillment.

The humble speak for God, Pope says at Czestochowa

Jul 28, 2016 - 04:44 am .- Those who embrace their own littleness become the “spokespersons” of God, Pope Francis said during Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, celebrating the 1050 anniversary of Poland becoming a Christian nation. It was the first major event of the Pope's trip to the country for the 31st World Youth Day.

French pilgrims pedal their way to World Youth Day

Jul 28, 2016 - 03:00 am .- Pilgrims from across the globe travel to World Youth Day by plane, train and automobile. But not Victor Jacquemont, Antoine Lescuyer, and Humbert Canot.

Syrian brothers reunite at WYD, and ask the world to pray

Jul 28, 2016 - 12:04 am .- Among the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at World Youth Day are two brothers, recently reunited.

In first balcony talk, Pope tells youth to 'make chaos'

Jul 27, 2016 - 04:51 pm .- On his first night in Krakow Pope Francis was already stirring things up with participants in WYD by hosting an off-the-cuff Q and A and telling them to ‘make chaos’ by spreading the joy of their faith.

What Pope Francis told young immigrants in Texas

Jul 27, 2016 - 11:44 am .- As thousands of youth gather in Krakow this week for World Youth Day with Pope Francis, hundreds of undocumented immigrants in Texas who couldn't make it got a special message from the pontiff.

The story of Poland's majestic 'underground salt cathedral'

Jul 27, 2016 - 03:49 am .- Located just southeast of Krakow, the Wieliczka salt mine is famous for many things – most notably its underground chapels, made entirely out of rock salt.

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