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In spite of challenges, global youth plan for Krakow

Jul 29, 2013 - 10:43 am .- Young global participants in Rio de Janeiro's World Youth Day say that traveling to Krakow, Poland in 2016 for the next event “will be a great challenge,” but that “we’ll be there.”

World Youth Day vigil was 'spectacular,' say pilgrims in Rio

Jul 29, 2013 - 09:47 am .- Young people participating in the World Youth Day prayer vigil in Rio de Janeiro before the final Mass with Pope Francis said the experience had left a mark on them.

Pope gives surprising in-flight press conference

Jul 29, 2013 - 09:08 am .- Pope Francis finished off his trip to Brazil with one last unscripted moment by holding a 1 hour and 20 minute press conference during the flight back to Rome.

Hundreds in DC celebrate World Youth Day locally

Jul 29, 2013 - 05:12 am .- Over 500 local pilgrims flocked to the Franciscan Monastery in Washington D.C. on Saturday to join in prayer and show solidarity with the millions of World Youth Day pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro.

Cardinal O'Malley to youth: witness by building strong marriages

Jul 28, 2013 - 10:48 pm .- Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston encouraged thousands of pilgrims at a catechesis talk in Rio de Janeiro to choose carefully and use the right criteria when picking a spouse.

Lector at Papal WYD Mass says she encountered Church

Jul 28, 2013 - 06:42 pm .- The young woman who proclaimed a Scripture reading at the Papal Mass at World Youth Day said that it was an unforgettable experience that enabled her to encounter the Church in a unique way.

Catholics find grace in Copacabana confessions

Jul 28, 2013 - 04:52 pm .- Young people from around the world stood in long lines on Rio’s Copacabana Beach to take part in the Sacrament of Reconciliation during World Youth Day.

Build a 'civilization of love,' Pope encourages Brazilian people

Jul 28, 2013 - 04:23 pm .- In a farewell address to the people of Brazil, Pope Francis indicated his thanks for their warm welcome and encouraged them, and the pilgrims of World Youth Day, to build up a civilization based on charity.

Make definite commitments, Pope urges youth

Jul 28, 2013 - 03:35 pm .- In his encounter of thanks with the volunteers at World Youth Day, Pope Francis exhorted the young people to make commitments, and not be afraid to follow God's will into marriage or consecrated life.

Californian at WYD seeks signatures from around the world

Jul 28, 2013 - 03:26 pm .- Mike Alvarado is on a mission at World Youth Day to get people from around the world to sign his curious-looking flag.

Embrace 'missionary spirit,' Pope tells Latin American bishops

Jul 28, 2013 - 01:48 pm .- Pope Francis told leading Latin American bishops that all Catholics must renew the Church with a “missionary spirit,” acknowledging that he and other bishops are “lagging somewhat” in spiritual renewal.

'Marks' of Francis' papacy starting to emerge, Vatican spokesman says

Jul 28, 2013 - 01:06 pm .- The director of the Vatican press office said that several major themes can be seen throughout Pope Francis’ addresses during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Poles thrilled to hear next World Youth Day in Krakow

Jul 28, 2013 - 10:36 am .- Young Polish men and women gathered in Rio rejoiced at Pope Francis’ announcement that Krakow, Poland will host the next World Youth Day in the summer of 2016.

Nigerian bishop calls Catholics to be missionaries at home

Jul 28, 2013 - 09:48 am .- Catholics should live out their everyday lives in a way that witnesses to those around them, offering hope in a world of darkness, said Bishop John Ebebe Ayah of Ogaja, Nigeria.

Pope: Mary the model of evangelization, Christian service

Jul 28, 2013 - 09:19 am .- Following the closing Mass of World Youth Day, Pope Francis held Mary up as the model for the life of Christians, because of her desire to bring Jesus her son to the world.

Krakow to host next World Youth Day

Jul 28, 2013 - 09:03 am .- “The next World Youth Day in the year 2016 will be in Krakow, in Poland!” the Pope said at the close of Sunday Mass in Rio July 28.

Don't stay 'locked up' in your parish or movement, Pope teaches

Jul 28, 2013 - 08:07 am .- Christians are called to be disciples of Jesus with a mission, going out from their small circles to make disciples of all nations, Pope Francis taught today during the closing Mass of World Youth Day.

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.

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