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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver gives a catechesis session during World Youth Day in Rio on July 25, 2013. Estefania Aguirre/CNA.

Jesus wants intimate friendship, Denver archbishop tells youth

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila encouraged young people attending World Youth Day to move beyond having a surface-level friendship with Jesus... Read more

The Said di Lavor Family made the trip from Brasilia to Rio de Janeiro for the 2013 World Youth Day. Estefania Aguirre/CNA.

Brazilian family uses WYD as pro-life opportunity

The Said di Lavor family did not leave their commitment to protecting unborn children at home when they made the... Read more

Pope Francis begins his popemobile tour of the May 15, 2013 general audience in St. Peter's Square. Stephen Driscoll/CNA.

Pope adds meeting with youth detainees to schedule

The Vatican's spokesman says Pope Francis will meet with five local imprisoned youths on Friday morning, and that the Pope... Read more

Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, blesses a WYD pilgrim.

Honduran cardinal says saints are a Christian's work of art

The Archbishop of Tegucigalpa encouraged young people to follow the path of sanctity during his World Youth Day catechesis July... Read more

Pope Francis at the official welcome ceremony of the 28th World Youth Day at Rio's Copacabana Beach, July 25, 2013.

Faith radically transforms us, Pope tells young people

The virtue of faith “accomplishes a revolution” in the lives of believers, which brings our way of thinking and acting... Read more


Location for World Youth Day vigil changed due to rain

After three days of rain in Rio de Janeiro, World Youth Day planners have decided to change the location of... Read more

Sophie Morinière.

Over 1 million youth pray with Pope for Sophie

Pope Francis asked for a moment of silence for 21-year-old pilgrim Sophie Morinière, who was on her way to participate... Read more