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.
Jul 25, 2013 - 06:01 pm .- The Archbishop of Tegucigalpa encouraged young people to follow the path of sanctity during his World Youth Day catechesis July 25, and called saints “the Christian's work of art.”
Jul 25, 2013 - 04:39 pm .- The virtue of faith “accomplishes a revolution” in the lives of believers, which brings our way of thinking and acting into line with God's, Pope Francis told World Youth Day pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro.
Jul 25, 2013 - 03:59 pm .- After three days of rain in Rio de Janeiro, World Youth Day planners have decided to change the location of the overnight prayer vigil and closing Mass to Copacabana beach.
Jul 25, 2013 - 03:30 pm .- Pope Francis asked for a moment of silence for 21-year-old pilgrim Sophie Morinière, who was on her way to participate in World Youth Day but died in a bus accident July 17.
Jul 25, 2013 - 12:18 pm .- Pope Francis told a gathering of some 30,000 youth from his homeland that they are to “make a mess,” shaking up the comfort, self-satisfaction and clericalism of a Church closed in on itself.
Jul 25, 2013 - 09:02 am .- Speaking amid cheers in the soccer field of a Rio de Janeiro shanty town, Pope Francis urged people who are more economically privileged to “never tire” of working for solidarity and social justice.