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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.