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Panamanian pilgrims attend Pope Francis General Audience in St. Peter's Square, April 5, 2017.

Laity, gender ideology shared concerns for Pope and Panama's bishops

World Youth Day wasn't the only topic on the agenda for Panama's bishops during their meeting with Pope Francis this... Read more

Panamanian youths attend a prayer vigil at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, April 8, 2017.

Youth raise voices ahead of 2018 synod: we want to follow Christ

At a prayer vigil with youth this weekend, Pope Francis said the Church needs to listen to the voice of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to young people at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome.

Pope to youth: The Church needs to hear your voice

On Saturday Pope Francis held a special prayer vigil in anticipation of WYD and the 2018 Synod of Bishops, telling... Read more

Pope Francis greets youth pilgrims at Santo Tomas University in Manila on Jan. 18, 2015.

The Church and society need you, Pope Francis tells youth

On Tuesday Pope Francis released a video message to youth in advance of the next World Youth Day, to be... Read more

World Youth Day pilgrims from Panama July 30, 2016.

World Youth Day Panama will take place January 22-27

On Friday Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama officially announced the dates of the next World Youth Day, which... Read more

Pope Francis with a statue of Mary and baby Jesus in St. Peter's Square during the general audience on Sept 9, 2015.

After Krakow, Mary at heart of next World Youth Day gathering

On Tuesday the Vatican announced the themes for the next three World Youth Day encounters, which are focused on Mary... 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


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 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

Pope Francis at the World Youth Day welcoming ceremony in Krakow's Blonia Park, July 28, 2016.

Don't waste your life seeking 'empty thrills', Pope tells youth

For young people who have given up on life, or who waste their existence seeking out “empty thrills,” Pope Francis... Read more