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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.

Young boy speechless after giving flowers to Pope

Jul 23, 2013 - 12:03 pm .- The boy who greeted the Holy Father upon his arrival in Brazil said he could not find the words to describe what it was like to be so near the Successor of Peter.

Exhausting trip to Rio was 'worth it,' Mozambique youths say

Jul 23, 2013 - 05:06 am .- A group of young people who traveled 18 hours on a plane to make it to Brazil for World Youth Day say the trip was worthwhile just to participate with their peers and hopefully to see the Pope.

Pope very happy with enthusiastic Rio reception

Jul 23, 2013 - 01:58 am .- Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday to a jubilant welcome that at times involved crowds swarming the popemobile, but rather than frightening him, the display of affection made him quite happy.

Singer says WYD offers chance to experience 'global Church'

Jul 22, 2013 - 06:50 pm .- Award-winning Catholic musician Matt Maher sees this year’s World Youth Day gathering as an opportunity to recognize the universal nature of the Catholic Church throughout diverse nations and cultures.

Bomb found at Aparecida shrine ahead of Pope's visit

Jul 22, 2013 - 04:44 pm .- The Brazilian military discovered an improvised bomb in a parking garage bathroom at the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida July 22, which Pope Francis is due to visit on Wednesday, July 24.

Young people with disabilities to perform musical in Rio

Jul 22, 2013 - 04:02 pm .- At World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro this week, a group of Peruvian youth with disabilities are set to perform an inspiring musical based on the idea that goals and dreams can become a reality.

Pope comes to spark 'flame of fraternal love' in Rio

Jul 22, 2013 - 03:32 pm .- Affirming the “great heart” of the Brazilian people, Pope Francis said at a welcome ceremony that he comes to World Youth Day in the name of Jesus to encourage fraternal love among humanity.

Thousands of journalists swarm Copacabana beach for World Youth Day

Jul 22, 2013 - 03:24 pm .- Around 6,000 journalists from around the globe are flocking to Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach this week to cover the Pope Francis’ first World Youth Day.

World Youth Day participants hope to build peaceful future

Jul 22, 2013 - 12:47 pm .- Journalists from across the world heard stories of faith and determination from young people attending World Youth Day 2013 in the hopes of working for a more just and peaceful society.

Impoverished youth will give Marian image to Brazilian slum

Jul 22, 2013 - 12:06 pm .- A group of 67 young people from the slums in Buenos Aires heading to Brazil for World Youth Day will leave an image of Our Lady of Lujan as a gift to the youth in the slums in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio archbishop: World Youth Day shows young people's thirst for God

Jul 22, 2013 - 10:44 am .- As the official start of World Youth Day nears, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro reflected on the event as a sign that young people always look for God in order to serve him.

Pope targets 'throwaway culture' during Brazil visit

Jul 22, 2013 - 08:21 am .- Pope Francis said as he flew to Rio de Janeiro that he is going to meet young people and help counter a “throwaway culture” that threatens to isolate them from society.

Pope Francis' style changes papal flight

Jul 22, 2013 - 05:53 am .- As he boarded the plane for Rio de Janeiro and the 28th World Youth Day, Pope Francis brought his down-to-earth approach with him, carrying his own bag and opting for individual conversations with journalists instead of the typical press conference.

WYD pilgrims help rebuild quake-damaged Chilean church

Jul 21, 2013 - 06:45 pm .- Forty Australian World Youth Day pilgrims made a special stop in Chile on Saturday to help rebuild a 200-year-old church that was totally destroyed in a massive earthquake three years ago.

Past World Youth Day attendees recall finding vocations

Jul 21, 2013 - 04:30 pm .- As huge crowds of youth flock to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day 2013, some participants from past years are currently living out vocations discovered at the global youth events.

Pope prays for WYD before famous Marian image

Jul 21, 2013 - 12:38 pm .- Two days before his departure to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for World Youth Day, Pope Francis made a surprise trip Saturday to Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major in order to ask for Mary’s intercession.

Vatican prompts prayer app update in time for World Youth Day

Jul 20, 2013 - 04:02 pm .- Major updates to a popular Catholic prayer application for smart phones have been completed just in time for World Youth Day, at the Vatican’s request.

Flash mob organizers hope to unite WYD crowds in Rio

Jul 19, 2013 - 02:08 pm .- Organizers of a massive flash mob in Brazil hope that some two million young people from around the world will dance for Pope Francis before the start of the closing Mass for World Youth Day 2013.

Pope Francis prays with Benedict XVI before World Youth Day

Jul 19, 2013 - 10:55 am .- Pope Francis met with former pontiff Benedict XVI today to pray for his trip to Brazil and for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro next week.

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