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The Church a unity of diversities, Pope tells Brazil's bishops

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.

Pope Francis: only God’s beauty can attract

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.

Youths feel 'greater responsibility' after lunch with Pope Francis

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.

Bishop: love of Christ must fuel missionary work

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.

Religion is 'leaven' in society, Pope tells Brazil's leaders

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.

Proclaim Gospel boldly and freely, Pope tells clergy

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.

Vocations Fair at WYD seeks to spark reflection

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.

Indian youth recounts 'great' World Youth Day lunch with Pope

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.

Teenager crosses South America on foot to see Pope

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.

Jesus' cross invites us to be smitten by his love, Pope says

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.

Never be afraid to share Gospel, Archbishop Chaput tells youth

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.

Family life the 'privileged' place to receive faith, Pope says

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.

Jesus wants intimate friendship, Denver archbishop tells youth

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.”

Brazilian family uses WYD as pro-life opportunity

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.

Pope adds meeting with youth detainees to schedule

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.

Honduran cardinal says saints are a Christian's work of art

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.”

Faith radically transforms us, Pope tells young people

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.

Location for World Youth Day vigil changed due to rain

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.

Over 1 million youth pray with Pope for Sophie

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.

Pope to youth: shake things up, bring Church to the streets

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.

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