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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.