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Marina Aleykseyeva, 31, from Kiev, Ukraine, (second from left with a pink baseball cap), together with fellow pilgrims from Ukraine, attended World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 1–6, 2023. She said they traveled to the international gathering to pray for peace in their country.

Ukrainian Catholics receive warm reception at World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon

Aug 16, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Marina Aleykseyeva, a Ukrainian pilgrim, said “it was unbelievable” how many people stopped them on the streets to say they... Read more

Place of worship in the Alps: Chapel of Trezanne, Trièves, France

Priest brings the prayers of Mary to revive small mountain churches in the Alps

Aug 15, 2023

By Anna Kurian

The area is vast and the faithful are few, but one priest is confident that bringing the message of the... Read more

Maximilian Kolbe, 1939.

St. Maximilian Kolbe’s life as a child prepared his path to holiness

Aug 14, 2023

By Antonio Tarallo

Father Raffaele Di Muro, dean of the San Bonaventura-Seraphicum Theological Faculty in Rome and director of the Kolbe chair, speaks... Read more

The Radha Krishna Temple outside of Lisbon held one-hour tours for WYD pilgrims to learn more about what Hindus believe.

Interreligious events at World Youth Day in Lisbon sparsely attended but ‘useful’

Aug 10, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Last week at World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, pilgrims had opportunities to learn from and dialogue with people of... Read more

Demonstrators rally in support of Karabakh to demand the reopening of a blockaded road linking the Nagorno-Karabakh region to Armenia and to decry crisis conditions in the region, in Yerevan on July 25, 2023.

Armenian Christians trapped and facing genocide: an explainer

Aug 9, 2023

By Peter Pinedo, Kevin J. Jones

Over 120,000 Christian Armenians are currently trapped behind a blockade of the Nagorno-Karabakh region maintained by Muslim-majority Azerbaijan. Read more

Luke and Tina Nguyen of Seattle with their 14-month-old son, Finn, after the prayer vigil with Pope Francis at Parque Tejo Aug. 5, 2023. The young family attended World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal.

‘Definitely worth it’: Family attends World Youth Day 2023 with 1-year-old son

Aug 9, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

A young couple from Seattle braved the long flights and big crowds to experience World Youth Day in Lisbon with... Read more


Father of girl reportedly cured of blindness says it was ‘a gift of the Virgin to WYD’

On Saturday, Aug. 5, in Fátima, Portugal, Jimena said she was cured of a serious eye problem after a novena... Read more

Our Lady of Fatima statue in Fatima, Portugal.

Miracle at Fátima? World Youth Day pilgrim receives her sight after Communion at Mass

“I opened my eyes and I could see perfectly,” said Jimena, a 16-year-old Spanish World Youth Day pilgrim. Read more

Francisco Velarde, a 21-year-old Spaniard, was one of the young people who had the privilege of going to confession with Pope Francis on Friday, Aug. 4, at World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal.

Young man after confession with the pope: ‘I told him the sins that pain me the most’

The 21-year-old Spaniard told ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, the details of what he considers “the confession of my... Read more


‘The Work,’ a community with a focus on eucharistic adoration, receives final approval from Vatican

Aug 7, 2023

By AC Wimmer

This significant endorsement, announced on the feast of the apostle James on July 25, underscores the growing influence of The... Read more

Pope Francis takes selfies with volunteers after closing Mass for WYD2023 in Lisbon, Aug 6, 2023.

After closing Mass, pope ends World Youth Day trip by meeting volunteers to say thanks

Aug 6, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

After celebrating Mass for WYD 2023 with an estimated 1.5 million pilgrims in Lisbon, the pope thanked the many volunteers... Read more

Pope Francis waves at the crowd of 1.5 million people who attended the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal on Aug. 6, 2023.

‘Be not afraid,’ Pope Francis tells young people at end of World Youth Day

Aug 6, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“I tell you something very beautiful: It is no longer me, it is Jesus himself who is looking at you... Read more

Pope Francis waves to World Youth Day pilgrims in Lisbon, Portugal, at the start of a vigil service on Aug. 5, 2023.

At World Youth Day vigil, Pope Francis urges Catholics to be ‘roots of joy’

Aug 5, 2023

By Daniel Payne, Hannah Brockhaus

An estimated 800,000 people attended the Saturday night vigil with Pope Francis. Read more

Archbishop Timothy Broglio speaks to young people about adoration and pondering during a Rise Up Encounter at the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation in Lisbon, Portugal on Aug. 4, 2023.

New World Youth Day ‘Rise Up’ catechesis receives mixed reviews  

Aug 5, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The World Youth Day gathering in Lisbon, Portugal, this week debuted a new model of catechesis sessions aimed at listening... Read more

Mother Elvira, the founder of the Comunità Cenacolo, based her efforts to help young people struggling with addiction around the concept of radical trust in God's mercy and providence.

Mother Elvira, who shared God’s love with those struggling with addiction, dies at 86

Aug 5, 2023

By Joseph Pronechen

The Comunità Cenacolo she founded in 1983 has grown to encompass 72 recovery houses in 20 countries. Read more

Speaking from World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, the “City of Joy,” a Iesu Communio (Communion in Jesus) sister shares her vocation story with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner.

Religious sister tells how she discovered her vocation at a WYD thanks to Benedict XVI

The sister related that Pope Benedict XVI spoke “of the Eucharist as a ‘kiss’ and of adoration as a prostration... Read more

From left to right: Sister Mary Grace of the Sorrowful, Sister Mariana of the Wounds of Jesus, the Mother Superior Alma Ruth, and Sister Mary Magdalene of the Sacred Heart.

These cloistered nuns who never leave the convent are at WYD for the first time

Aug 4, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

They never (or almost never) leave the convent, but one lively group of cloistered nuns is participating for the first... Read more

A street in the Mouraria district of Lisbon, Portugal.

What’s so unique about Mouraria, the Lisbon neighborhood mentioned by Pope Francis this week?

Aug 4, 2023

By ACI Digital

The approximately 6,000 inhabitants of the neighborhood today come from dozens of different countries. Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and pilgrims from the Philippines at the 2023 World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal

Cardinal Tagle to young Filipinos: ‘Only Jesus will make us true influencers’

Aug 4, 2023

By Roy Lagarde

Speaking to young Filipino pilgrims at World Youth Day in Lisbon, the cardinal expressed hope they would find a way... Read more

Young people participate in Stations of the Cross at World Youth Day in Eduardo VII Park in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 4, 2023.

Pope Francis at WYD Stations of the Cross: ‘Jesus wipes away our hidden tears’

Aug 4, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope’s meditations connected Christ’s sufferings to wounds that young people experience today. Read more