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Archbishop of Rio underscores positive impact of WYD

Jul 31, 2013

Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro said World Youth Day 2013 has had a positive impact on the country,... Read more

Pope Francis embraces, cries with Nathan during WYD.

Pope cries with Brazilian child who wants to be a priest

Jul 30, 2013

Nathan de Brito brought Pope Francis to tears during one of his motorcades through the streets of Rio de Janeiro... Read more

Cardinal Turkson at Vatican Press Office`s conference on upcoming conference for Women and the post-2015 development agenda.

Cardinal Turkson links care for environment, human life

Jul 30, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

Respect for the environment is a matter of justice, connected to respect for human life and founded upon our relationship... Read more

Pilgrims celebrate after hearing the news that the next World Youth Day will be hosted by Krakow, Poland in 2016.

Polish pilgrims already anticipating Krakow 2016

Jul 30, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

With the final Mass of World Youth Day 2013 barely coming to a close, young people from Poland were already... Read more

World Youth Day pilgims take part in a flashmob dance at the beginning of the closing Mass June 28, 2013.

Closing Mass for Rio's World Youth Day largest since 1995

Jul 29, 2013

Over three million Catholic pilgrims from around the world attended the final Mass at World Youth Day on Sunday, making... Read more

Matias Gonzalez and Arturo Fernandez from Argentina at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, July 28, 2013.

In spite of challenges, global youth plan for Krakow

Jul 29, 2013

Young global participants in Rio de Janeiro's World Youth Day say that traveling to Krakow, Poland in 2016 for the... Read more

(L-R) Yoel Aparicio and Gershon Cruz spent the night on Copacabana Beach July 28, 2013.

World Youth Day vigil was 'spectacular,' say pilgrims in Rio

Jul 29, 2013

Young people participating in the World Youth Day prayer vigil in Rio de Janeiro before the final Mass with Pope... Read more

Pope Francis disembarks July 29, 2013 at Ciampino Airport after his flight from Rio de Janeiro. ANSA/TELENEWS

Pope gives surprising in-flight press conference

Jul 29, 2013

Pope Francis finished off his trip to Brazil with one last unscripted moment by holding a 1 hour and 20... Read more

D.C.-area residents pray at a local World Youth Day-inspired event.

Hundreds in DC celebrate World Youth Day locally

Jul 29, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Over 500 local pilgrims flocked to the Franciscan Monastery in Washington D.C. on Saturday to join in prayer and show... Read more

Thousands of pilgrims at a catechesis with Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley on July 26 in Vivo Rio center, Rio de Janeiro.

Cardinal O'Malley to youth: witness by building strong marriages

Jul 28, 2013

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston encouraged thousands of pilgrims at a catechesis talk in Rio de Janeiro to choose... Read more

Katherine Bauman reads the first reading during the Mass for the Evangelization of Peoples July 28, 2013.

Lector at Papal WYD Mass says she encountered Church

Jul 28, 2013

The young woman who proclaimed a Scripture reading at the Papal Mass at World Youth Day said that it was... Read more

A priest hears a young pilgrim's confession at World Youth Day in Rio.

Catholics find grace in Copacabana confessions

Jul 28, 2013

Young people from around the world stood in long lines on Rio’s Copacabana Beach to take part in the Sacrament... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his farewell speech to Brazil July 28, 2013.

Build a 'civilization of love,' Pope encourages Brazilian people

Jul 28, 2013

In a farewell address to the people of Brazil, Pope Francis indicated his thanks for their warm welcome and encouraged... Read more

Pope Francis addresses World Youth Day volunteers, July 28, 2013.

Make definite commitments, Pope urges youth

Jul 28, 2013

In his encounter of thanks with the volunteers at World Youth Day, Pope Francis exhorted the young people to make... Read more

Mike Alvarado kneels by his flag.

Californian at WYD seeks signatures from around the world

Jul 28, 2013

Mike Alvarado is on a mission at World Youth Day to get people from around the world to sign his... Read more

Pope addresses leading bishops of CELAM.

Embrace 'missionary spirit,' Pope tells Latin American bishops

Jul 28, 2013

Pope Francis told leading Latin American bishops that all Catholics must renew the Church with a “missionary spirit,” acknowledging that... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi speaks during a press conference in Brazil.

'Marks' of Francis' papacy starting to emerge, Vatican spokesman says

Jul 28, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

The director of the Vatican press office said that several major themes can be seen throughout Pope Francis’ addresses during... Read more

Polish pilgrims celebrate the selection of Krakow for World Youth Day 2016.

Poles thrilled to hear next World Youth Day in Krakow

Jul 28, 2013

Young Polish men and women gathered in Rio rejoiced at Pope Francis’ announcement that Krakow, Poland will host the next World... Read more

Bishop John Ebebe Ayah of Ogaja, Nigeria gives a catechesis session at the 28th World Youth Day on July 26, 2013.

Nigerian bishop calls Catholics to be missionaries at home

Jul 28, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

Catholics should live out their everyday lives in a way that witnesses to those around them, offering hope in a... Read more

Pope Francis addresses WYD pilgrims during Mass, July 28, 2013.

Pope: Mary the model of evangelization, Christian service

Jul 28, 2013

Following the closing Mass of World Youth Day, Pope Francis held Mary up as the model for the life of... Read more