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World Youth Day pilgrims from across the globe pack into Madrid's famous Cibeles Square to greet the Pope on August 18, 2011.

Young Catholics recall Pope's profound outreach

Feb 20, 2013

As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to conclude his duties as Holy Father, young Catholics are recalling his marked efforts to... Read more


Mother who cooked for Pope recalls his paternal care

Feb 18, 2013

A woman who helped cook for the Pope during his visit to Spain in 2011 said the Holy Father looked... Read more

Pilgrims from Brazil celebrate after the announcement of WYD2013 in Rio de Janeiro.

New Pope will attend World Youth Day, Rio archbishop confirms

Feb 12, 2013

Amid news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro said the new Pope elected in the... Read more


Benedict XVI will see Christ statue from the air during WYD

Jan 8, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI will get a bird’s eye view of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de... Read more


World Youth Day cross, Mary icon arrive in Uruguay

Dec 7, 2012

The two symbols of World Youth Day, the pilgrim cross and the icon of the Virgin Mary, will tour the... Read more


World Youth Day pilgrims not required to pay for Brazil visa

Nov 16, 2012

Organizers for World Youth Day Rio 2013 said pilgrims and volunteers who have proof of registration in the event will... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI rides through St. Peter's Square before his Nov. 7, 2012 general audience.

Pope asks young to heed Jesus' missonary call

Nov 16, 2012

In anticipation of next July’s World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Benedict XVI is challenging young Catholics to... Read more

Christ the Redeemer statue lit up by green lights in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

Vatican delegation visits locations for 2013 World Youth Day

Oct 25, 2012

A delegation from the Vatican arrived in Rio de Janeiro Oct. 24 to visit the sites where World Youth Day... Read more

World Youth Day prilgrims from Brazil.

World Youth Day Rio opens registration Aug. 28

Aug 27, 2012

Organizers for World Youth Day Rio 2013 announced that registration for the event will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 28.  Read more


World Youth Day volunteers receive Olympic flag in Rio

Aug 23, 2012

The official flag of the Olympic Games, on its way from London to Rio de Janeiro's Shrine of Christ the... Read more


Pope praying youth will answer call to evangelize

Jul 31, 2012

With exactly one year to go until the 28th World Youth Day begins in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Benedict XVI... Read more

Young people flood Rio for launch of World Youth Day prayer

Jul 13, 2012

On the evening of July 13, thousands of young people flocked to Rio de Janeiro for the release of the... Read more


Latin American countries competing for papal visit in 2013

Jul 6, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI could make a stopover in a Spanish-speaking Latin American country during his visit to the region for... Read more

Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko speaks at a press conference March 2, 2012 during his visit to the 2013 WYD site of Rio de Janeiro.

At future WYD site, cardinal calls youth key to New Evangelization

Mar 5, 2012

On a recent trip to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day 2013 preparations, a top Vatican official said the... Read more

A screenshot of the World Youth Day Madrid website

‘Hacktivist’ assault on World Youth Day site provides insights

Mar 2, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

An internet security firm’s report on an apparent anti-Catholic “hacktivism” attack has renewed interest in an assault on World Youth... Read more

Cardinal O'Malley delivers his morning catechesis at San Antonio parish

Cardinal O’Malley encourages youth to bring friends to Jesus

Aug 18, 2011

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston has encouraged young people faithfully attend Sunday Mass and to bring their friends to... Read more