World Youth Day - Krakow 2016

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Clarence Gilyard (top left) as deputy James Trivette on 'Walker, Texas Ranger.'

The little-known Catholicism of a 'Walker, Texas Ranger' star

Clarence Gilyard is the seasoned Hollywood actor who kicked major bad-guy posterior as Chuck Norris' gun-slinging, karate-kicking deputy James Trivette... Read more

Pilgrims at World Youth Day in Germany, 2005.

Meningitis death of World Youth Day pilgrim prompts health alert

The Italian bishops' conference has issued an advisory to pilgrims, after a young Italian girl died of meningitis while she... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to reporters aboard the papal flight from Krakow to Rome, July 31, 2016.

Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight presser from Poland

During his flight from Krakow to Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis gave a press conference to the journalists assembled aboard... Read more

A crucifix in the field at Campus Misericordiae in Krakow for World Youth Day, July 31, 2016.

How Pope Francis thinks you should prep for WYD in Panama

How can young people prepare for the next World Youth Day, Pope Francis asks? Remember the past, be courageous in... Read more

World Youth Day pilgrims from Panama July 30, 2016.

Panama to host next WYD in 2019, Pope announces

On Sunday Pope Francis officially closed WYD in Krakow, thanking the thousands of youth who traveled across the world to... Read more

Young people taking part in World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 31, 2016.

Pope to young people: Not one of you is insignificant

Our true identity cannot be lived out in glum negativity, but only in the knowledge that, in God's eyes, our... Read more


This young postulant says 'don't be afraid' of God's calling

Many things happen during World Youth Day. Young people from all over the world travel to meet the Pope, they... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Campus Misericoriae before the Saturday night vigil, July 30, 2016.

Pope Francis tells 1.6 million young people to avoid 'sofa happiness'

Pope Francis challenged massive crowds of young people at World Youth Day's final vigil to step away from the “sofa”... Read more

Pope Francis prays before the relics of the two polish priests, Bl. Zbigniew Strzalkowski and Bl. Michal Tomaszek.

Pope makes unexpected stop at Franciscan monastery

Before heading to an evening prayer vigil with youth, Pope Francis made an unannounced stop at a Franciscan monastery housing... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to youth outside of Krakow's St. John Paul II Shrine, July 30, 2016.

God prefers us weak, Pope Francis says off-the-cuff to youth

The weaker we are, the more God's mercy can transform our lives. Pope Francis made these impromptu remarks on Saturday... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the St. John Paul II shrine in Krakow, Poland, July 30, 2016.

Pope to priests and religious: Don't be content with mediocrity

During Mass celebrated at the shrine of St. John Paul II in Krakow, Pope Francis challenged the priests, religious, and... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Archdiocese of Boston via Flickr (CC BY ND 2.0).

Are young Catholics cynical about politics? Nope, Cardinal Dolan says

With political discourse taking a turn for the nasty(er) as the U.S. presidential elections draw near, are youth disillusioned by... Read more

Pope Francis pays a solemn visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps on July 29, 2016.

The cruelty of Auschwitz still continues, Pope tells youth

Speaking from the balcony of the bishop's palace in Krakow, Pope Francis told youth gathered below that the horror lived... Read more

Maximilian Kolbe, Edith Stein. Public Domain via Wikipedia.

Heroism and sacrifice: The Catholic history of Auschwitz

Pope Francis sat quietly in one of Auschwitz's most ominous prison cells, praying in what had been the inhumane living... Read more

Pope Francis leads the Stations of the Cross for World Youth Day at Krakow's Blonia Park, July 29, 2016.

Are you suffering? Jesus is with you, Pope Francis says

The Way of the Cross shows Christ's embrace of everyone who hungers, suffers, and dies – and the imperative for... Read more

Pope Francis is greeted by children in Santiago de Cuba, Sept. 22, 2015.

Francis' message to young Cubans: Dream of a better world

Pope Francis sent a video message to Cuban youth unable to attend World Youth Day on Friday, encouraging them to... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil speaks at religious freedom panel during World Youth Day at the Mercy Centre in Krakow, July 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Lippelmann/Archdiocese of Washington.

WYD panel discusses worldwide state of religious freedom

The day after a priest was brutally murdered in France, a panel at World Youth Day in Poland discussed the... Read more

Pope Francis embraces a patient at Krakow's Prokocim University Pediatric Hospital, July 29, 2016.

The Pope's powerful words at a children's hospital in Poland

Pope Francis paid a visit to the patients of a children's hospital in Krakow on Friday, where he stressed the... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the Auschwitz concentration camp, July 29, 2016.

At Auschwitz, Pope prays for God's forgiveness

Pope Francis paid a solemn visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps on Friday, where over a million people... Read more

Pope Francis takes a selfie with a newly married couple in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 2, 2015.

Three words every couple should know, according to Pope Francis

Married couples were the focus of Pope Francis’ second “balcony talk” in Poland on Thursday, receiving from him three words... Read more