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Young people wearing T-shirts with the official WYD Lisbon 2023 logo.

Dates for World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon announced

Oct 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The world’s largest gathering of Catholic young people will take place in 2023. Read more

Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça celebrates Mass at Fatima, Portugal, May 13, 2021.

Cardinal at Fatima shrine: World needs ‘spiritual restart’ after pandemic

May 13, 2021

Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça was preaching on the May 13 feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Read more

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, pictured Dec. 18, 2017

Portugal’s Catholic bishops welcome presidential veto of euthanasia bill

Mar 16, 2021

Portugal’s Catholic bishops applaud President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s decision to veto a bill legalizing euthanasia Read more

Portuguese president requests constitutional review of proposed euthanasia law

Feb 19, 2021

Portugal’s president on Thursday requested a constitutional review of a recently-passed bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in the... Read more

Young people wearing T-shirts with the official WYD Lisbon 2023 logo.

Catholic bishop: World Youth Day 2023 an ‘opportunity to renew hope’ after pandemic

Feb 9, 2021

By Luke Coppen

The Catholic bishop overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, has said that the event will be... Read more

The São Bento Palace in Lisbon, the seat of the Portuguese parliament. Credit: erikccooper via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0).

Portugal’s Catholic bishops express ‘sadness and indignation’ as parliament backs euthanasia bill

Feb 1, 2021

Portugal’s bishops have expressed “sadness and indignation” after parliament approved a bill approving euthanasia.  Read more

Singers record the theme song for World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. Credit: Lisboa2023.org.

Theme song unveiled for next World Youth Day in Lisbon

Jan 27, 2021

The organizers of World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon on Wednesday unveiled the event’s official theme song.  Read more

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.

Portugal’s Catholic bishops suspend public Masses amid rising COVID-19 cases

Jan 22, 2021

Public Masses will be suspended in Portugal from Saturday, the country’s bishops have announced.  Read more

Young people wearing T-shirts with the official WYD Lisbon 2023 logo.

World Youth Day 2023 organizers urge youth to join ‘great national movement’

Nov 13, 2020

The organizers of World Youth Day 2023 invited young Portuguese Catholics this week to prepare for the event by taking... Read more

The official logo of World Youth Day Lisbon. Photo courtesy Beatriz Roque Antunez.

World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 unveils Marian logo

Oct 16, 2020

By Courtney Mares

World Youth Day Lisbon launched its website and unveiled its logo Friday as Portugal prepares to host the world’s largest... Read more

A screenshot of the official website of World Youth Day in Lisbon, jmj.patriarcado-lisboa.pt.

Preparations resume for World Youth Day in Portugal

Sep 9, 2020

Preparations for the next World Youth Day have resumed after they were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.   Read more

The cloister of Batalha Monastery in Portugal.

The deep roots of Portugal's Marian devotion

Dec 27, 2018

By Courtney Mares

When the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima in 1917, Portugal had already acclaimed Mary as their... Read more

Portuguese Parliament votes against legalizing euthanasia

May 30, 2018

After heated debate, the Portuguese Parliament voted on Tuesday to reject multiple proposed laws that would legalize euthanasia in the... Read more

Portugese priest who fathered child will remain in ministry

Jan 31, 2018

The Portuguese Diocese of Funchal has said that a priest who fathered a child has resigned his duties as a... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope asks for moment of silence for victims of Portugal forest fires

Jun 18, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Sunday, following the Angelus, Pope Francis asked pilgrims in St. Peter's Square to pause for a silent moment of prayer... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima, Portugal, May 12, 2017.

Mary points to Christ's mercy, Pope Francis tells Fatima pilgrims

May 12, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis asked pilgrims in Fatima on Friday evening to think about the qualities the Virgin Mary possesses, being careful... Read more

Our Lady of Fatima.

Visionaries' canonization would 'complete' the Fatima centenary

Mar 28, 2017

Fatima's bishop has said the centenary of the locale's Marian apparition would not be complete without the announcement of the... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope Francis voices solidarity, closeness to victims of Portugal fires

Aug 16, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Tuesday, Pope Francis voiced his sorrow for the damage done by wildfires raging on the Portuguese island of Madeira,... Read more

Vatican Journalist Aura Miguel with Radio Renascença interviews Pope Francis Sept. 8, 2015.

Full Text of Pope Francis' interview with Portuguese radio station

Sep 14, 2015

In a new, wide-ranging interview Pope Francis touched on a variety of serious and lighthearted topics, such as the current... Read more