Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 12:06 pm
The director of the Vatican press office said that several major themes can be seen throughout Pope Francis' addresses during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
What we are seeing during this Papal trip, said Fr. Federico Lombardi, are "key expressions that are emerging as the marks of this pontificate."
These are phrases and concepts that have already been part of Pope's Francis' papacy, but are now finding particular expression, he explained at a July 27 press briefing.
One of these major expressions is the repeated call for a "culture of encounter" rather than a "throw-away culture" that discards and marginalizes people.