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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Krakow to host next World Youth Day

“The next World Youth Day in the year 2016 will be in Krakow, in Poland!” the Pope said at the... Read more

Pope Francis gives the homily during the closing Mass of WYD, July 28, 2013.

Don't stay 'locked up' in your parish or movement, Pope teaches

Christians are called to be disciples of Jesus with a mission, going out from their small circles to make disciples... Read more

Felipe Passos speaks at the World Youth Day 2013 prayer vigil.

Wheelchair-bound man moves three million hearts in Copacabana

The young Brazilian Felipe Passos moved the hearts of three million World Youth Day participants, including Pope Francis himself, when... Read more

World Youth Day pilgrims fill Copacabana Beach for the July 27 prayer vigil.

Volunteers ask WYD pilgrims to give sleeping bags to Rio homeless

A group of World Youth Day volunteers hope the event's innumerable pilgrims will donate their sleeping bags to the homeless... Read more

Pope Francis addresses young people during the July 27 prayer vigil at Copacabana Beach in Rio.

The field of faith is your own heart, Pope tells WYD pilgrims

Pope Francis told the crowd of pilgrims at World Youth Day's Saturday night prayer vigil that the “field of faith”... Read more

Facundo Antonio Sebastian Tolaba walked across South America to attend World Youth Day.

Teen who walked across continent still hopes to meet Pope in Rio

A teen who crossed South America in hopes of meeting Pope Francis walked by foot because he had no money... Read more

Austen Ivereigh, Founder of Catholic Voices, with Alejandro Bermudez, Exec. Dir. of Catholic News Agency, talk to WYD pilgrims July 24, 2013.

WYD pilgrims learn techniques to defend, explain faith

Participants at a World Youth Day training session received a crash course in defending the Catholic faith, both in the... Read more