World Youth Day - Latest News

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.

Pope in Rio slum: Solidarity with the poor is not optional

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.

Archbishop tells pilgrims meeting Jesus changes your life

Jul 25, 2013 - 07:02 am .- The archbishop emeritus of Delhi, India told English-speaking pilgrims during their first catechesis session of World Youth Day that an encounter with Jesus will change their lives.

Vatican spokesman: Pope's energy strikes us all

Jul 25, 2013 - 04:50 am .- Despite jetlag, rainy weather and an intense schedule, Pope Francis is showing no sign of slowing down as he meets with young people in Rio de Janeiro.

Unusual weather not dampening enthusiasm in Rio

Jul 25, 2013 - 04:11 am .- Rio de Janeiro experienced another day of rain on Wednesday along with lower than normal temperatures, forcing World Youth Day pilgrims to wear the jackets and ponchos they packed but did not plan to wear.

Canadians find greater unity at Rio’s World Youth Day

Jul 24, 2013 - 06:00 pm .- A group of Canadian pilgrims said this World Youth Day is more fun and the youth feel “more united” than at previous events.

Pilgrims in Rio see fellowship as World Youth Day highlight

Jul 24, 2013 - 05:11 pm .- Wind and rain on Copacabana beach did not stop more than half a million young people from experiencing the global nature of the Church at the Opening Mass of World Youth Day on the evening of July 23.

Despite repression, Cuban youth celebrate WYD in Brazil

Jul 24, 2013 - 04:50 pm .- A group of young pilgrims from Cuba have arrived in Brazil to celebrate the 28th World Youth Day despite initial restrictions from their government.

Pope embraces, voices love for drug addicts at Rio hospital

Jul 24, 2013 - 04:33 pm .- At a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis said his namesake St. Francis of Assisi put his conversion into action when he embraced a man with leprosy, saying this is a model for the life of a Christian.

Love of Christ helps us find identity, bishop teaches

Jul 24, 2013 - 03:18 pm .- By experiencing the love of God and sharing it with those around us, we will find the answers to our deepest questions and longings, said Auxiliary Bishop John Sherrington of Westminster.

Blessed Frassati a 'perfect' fit for World Youth Day play

Jul 24, 2013 - 11:21 am .- After being contacted by World Youth Day officials to perform a play going along with this year’s theme, a theater group decided they would have to write and produce their own on Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati.

'God acts and he surprises us,' Pope teaches at Marian shrine

Jul 24, 2013 - 08:40 am .- Openness to being surprised by God is an attitude which marks the life of a Christian, Pope Francis said in his homily at Brazil's Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida during his first World Youth Day Mass.

Pope's unpredictability challenges security planners

Jul 24, 2013 - 06:35 am .- The rules for the Pope’s security during international trips have had to change since Pope Francis was elected, bringing into focus the tension between safety and pastoral priorities.

Pope rearranges Rio schedule to meet with Argentine youth

Jul 24, 2013 - 02:58 am .- Pope Francis has modified his World Youth Day schedule to plan a meeting this Thursday with several thousand young people from his home country of Argentina.

Bishop says young people in Rio are pilgrims, not tourists

Jul 23, 2013 - 08:05 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Cristian Contreras Villarroel of Santiago, Chile, says the hundreds of thousands of young people in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day are not there as tourists but as true pilgrims.

'Infect everyone' with joy of Christ, says Rio archbishop

Jul 23, 2013 - 05:30 pm .- Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro greeted pilgrims at World Youth Day's opening Mass, urging them to spread the infectious joy and peace of Jesus Christ to the whole world.

Cardinal Dolan: WYD catechesis will cover 'beautiful themes'

Jul 23, 2013 - 03:36 pm .- Held at each World Youth Day as an opportunity to provide formation for participants, the three catechesis sessions in Rio will delve into the Church’s missionary character, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York.

'I hope the Pope sets our hearts on fire,' says Paraguayan WYD pilgrim

Jul 23, 2013 - 02:55 pm .- Fabricio, Jose and Diego, three World Youth Day pilgrims from Paraguay, say their deep desire that Pope Francis will set hearts on fire with the love of Christ during the week-long event.

Brazilian soccer team gives Pope personalized jersey

Jul 23, 2013 - 02:09 pm .- After arriving last night by helicopter at Laranjeiras Stadium, the home of the Fluminense Soccer Club, Pope Francis received a personalized jersey and blessed the famous Brazilian soccer team.

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