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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

Jul 28, 2013

“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

Jul 28, 2013

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

Jul 27, 2013

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

Jul 27, 2013

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

Jul 27, 2013

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

Jul 27, 2013

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

Jul 27, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

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


WYD prayer vigil to share youths' stories of faith amid pain

Jul 27, 2013

This evening during World Youth Day’s vigil prayer several young people from around the world will share their personal stories... Read more

Pope Francis in Rio for World Youth Day July 24, 2013.

The Church a unity of diversities, Pope tells Brazil's bishops

Jul 27, 2013

Pope Francis told an assembly of the Brazilian bishops that the Church must be founded on unity in the abundance... Read more

Pope Francis holds a statue of the Virgin Mary at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida July 24.

Pope Francis: only God’s beauty can attract

Jul 27, 2013

Pope Francis told Brazil’s bishops that people will be drawn to the Church only through God’s beauty, recounting how God... Read more

Youth who lunched wih Pope Francis address a July 26 press conference.

Youths feel 'greater responsibility' after lunch with Pope Francis

Jul 27, 2013

The twelve youths chosen to lunch with Pope Francis during World Youth Day said they were still in disbelief, adding... Read more

Bishop D. Eugene Hurley of Darwin, Australia gives a catechesis session at the 28th World Youth Day on July 26, 2013.

Bishop: love of Christ must fuel missionary work

Jul 27, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

Our evangelization work must be motivated by a relationship of love with Jesus, an Australian bishop told a group of... Read more

Pope Francis addresses Brazil's leaders in Rio July 27.

Religion is 'leaven' in society, Pope tells Brazil's leaders

Jul 27, 2013

Pope Francis told representatives of Brazil’s leadership this morning that governments should affirm the value of religion in society so... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a homily during Mass for bishops, clergy and consecrated religious at Rio's cathedral (

Proclaim Gospel boldly and freely, Pope tells clergy

Jul 27, 2013

Pope Francis on Saturday urged Catholic clergy and consecrated religious to share the Gospel with young people boldly “so that... Read more

A pilgrim takes time during World Youth Day to speak with a priest July 26, 2013.

Vocations Fair at WYD seeks to spark reflection

Jul 26, 2013

A major part of World Youth Day, the 2013 Vocations Fair offers young people examples of those who have responded... Read more

Thomson Philip shows the rosary Pope Francis gave him (

Indian youth recounts 'great' World Youth Day lunch with Pope

Jul 26, 2013

Thomson Philip, a young India-born man who lives in New Zealand, can hardly believe he sat next to Pope Francis... Read more

Facundo (center) traveled across South America on foot to attend World Youth Day.

Teenager crosses South America on foot to see Pope

Jul 26, 2013

Unable to afford transportation, a teenage boy traveled 1,829 miles to Rio de Janeiro by foot, hoping to meet Pope... Read more

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims after the Way of the Cross at Copacabana Beach July 26, 2013.

Jesus' cross invites us to be smitten by his love, Pope says

Jul 26, 2013

The cross of Christ is an invitation for us to fall in love with him and to then reach out... Read more

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput at the March for Life in Washington, DC.

Never be afraid to share Gospel, Archbishop Chaput tells youth

Jul 26, 2013

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia held three catechetical sessions at World Youth Day, urging youth to follow Christ with humility,... Read more

Pope Francis addresses young people for the Angelus July 26, 2013.

Family life the 'privileged' place to receive faith, Pope says

Jul 26, 2013

Marking the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, during his Angelus address today Pope Francis said the transmission of faith... Read more