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Pope Francis thanks Rio governor for warm welcome at WYD

Aug 26, 2013 - 12:02 pm .- The governor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has received a letter from Pope Francis offering thanks for the city’s hospitality during his visit in July for World Youth Day.

Denver World Youth Day brought 'joy,' vitality to local Church

Aug 20, 2013 - 04:04 am .- At the event's recent anniversary, participants in World Youth Day Denver recalled how the presence of Blessed John Paul II brought joy to the local Church, as well as the call to be disciples without fear.

On anniversary, Denver's World Youth Day called a 'blessing'

Aug 19, 2013 - 11:06 am .- Twenty years after the 1993 World Youth Day was held in Denver, the archdiocese has been abundantly blessed with much spiritual fruit, said Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila.

Denver archdiocese: World Youth Day launched spiritual revolution

Aug 15, 2013 - 08:57 am .- In 1992, Denver was one of three American cities that had been vying to host World Youth Day the following year.

Respond to the Lord's call, encourages Pope Francis

Aug 4, 2013 - 10:35 am .- During his Angelus address today, Pope Francis asked the crowds to pray with him that the World Youth Day pilgrims will continue to respond to God’s call in their daily lives.

Despite reports, Vatican organizer says Rio went as planned

Aug 2, 2013 - 10:35 am .- Although the media focused on some of the moments when the Pope’s security team appeared overwhelmed during the World Youth Day, one of the Vatican press office’s coordinators says just one change was made to the schedule and everything else that happened was foreseen.

Boy who embraced Pope receives hero's welcome at school

Aug 1, 2013 - 12:03 pm .- The young boy who brought Pope Francis to tears during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro was greeted with cheers from his classmates when school resumed on July 30.

Archbishop of Rio underscores positive impact of WYD

Jul 31, 2013 - 06:48 pm .- Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro said World Youth Day 2013 has had a positive impact on the country, not only in economic terms, but also as far as Catholic witness. 

Pope cries with Brazilian child who wants to be a priest

Jul 30, 2013 - 02:54 pm .- Nathan de Brito brought Pope Francis to tears during one of his motorcades through the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Friday, when he broke past barriers to deliver an important message to the Pontiff.

Cardinal Turkson links care for environment, human life

Jul 30, 2013 - 12:18 pm .- Respect for the environment is a matter of justice, connected to respect for human life and founded upon our relationship with God and his creation, said Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.

Polish pilgrims already anticipating Krakow 2016

Jul 30, 2013 - 09:38 am .- With the final Mass of World Youth Day 2013 barely coming to a close, young people from Poland were already thinking about the next time the event will be held - in their home country.  

Closing Mass for Rio's World Youth Day largest since 1995

Jul 29, 2013 - 06:02 pm .- Over three million Catholic pilgrims from around the world attended the final Mass at World Youth Day on Sunday, making the 2013 event the largest of its kind since 1995.

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.

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