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Pope Francis addresses World Youth Day pilgrims from his home country of Argentina on July 25, 2013.

Pope to youth: shake things up, bring Church to the streets

Pope Francis told a gathering of some 30,000 youth from his homeland that they are to “make a mess,” shaking... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the community of Varginha July 25, 2013.

Pope in Rio slum: Solidarity with the poor is not optional

Speaking amid cheers in the soccer field of a Rio de Janeiro shanty town, Pope Francis urged people who are... Read more

Archbishop emeritus Vincent M. Concessao of Delhi gives a catechesis session at Our Lady of Mercy School July 24, 2013. Estefania Aguirre/CNA.

Archbishop tells pilgrims meeting Jesus changes your life

The archbishop emeritus of Delhi, India told English-speaking pilgrims during their first catechesis session of World Youth Day that an... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi at the July 22 press conference at the WYD 2013 media center in Rio. Michelle Bauman/CNA.

Vatican spokesman: Pope's energy strikes us all

Despite jetlag, rainy weather and an intense schedule, Pope Francis is showing no sign of slowing down as he meets... Read more

Rodrigo the umbrella seller waits for customers in the rain on July 24, 2013. Walter Sanchez Silva/CNA.

Unusual weather not dampening enthusiasm in Rio

Rio de Janeiro experienced another day of rain on Wednesday along with lower than normal temperatures, forcing World Youth Day... Read more

Canadian pilgrims at a July 24 World Youth Day catechesis session

Canadians find greater unity at Rio’s World Youth Day

A group of Canadian pilgrims said this World Youth Day is more fun and the youth feel “more united” than... Read more

Pilgrims attended the opening Mass of the 28th World Youth Day at Copacabana Beach July 23, 2013.

Pilgrims in Rio see fellowship as World Youth Day highlight

Wind and rain on Copacabana beach did not stop more than half a million young people from experiencing the global... Read more

Cuban Flag.

Despite repression, Cuban youth celebrate WYD in Brazil

A group of young pilgrims from Cuba have arrived in Brazil to celebrate the 28th World Youth Day despite initial... Read more

Pope Francis during his July 24 visit to St. Francis of Assisi Hospital in Rio de Janeiro.

Pope embraces, voices love for drug addicts at Rio hospital

At a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis said his namesake St. Francis of Assisi put his conversion into... Read more

Auxiliary Bishop John Sherrington of Westminster gives the morning catechesis for WYD pilgrims July 24, 2013.

Love of Christ helps us find identity, bishop teaches

By experiencing the love of God and sharing it with those around us, we will find the answers to our... Read more

Scene from The Logic of God performed during the 28th World Youth Day.

Blessed Frassati a 'perfect' fit for World Youth Day play

After being contacted by World Youth Day officials to perform a play going along with this year’s theme, a theater... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida during the 28th World Youth Day.

'God acts and he surprises us,' Pope teaches at Marian shrine

Openness to being surprised by God is an attitude which marks the life of a Christian, Pope Francis said in... Read more

Pope Francis' car is swarmed by pilgrims as he makes his way to Guanabara Palace on July 22, 2013. ANSA/FERMO IMMAGINE SKY.

Pope's unpredictability challenges security planners

The rules for the Pope’s security during international trips have had to change since Pope Francis was elected, bringing into... Read more

Pope Francis arrives at the airport in Rio.

Pope rearranges Rio schedule to meet with Argentine youth

Pope Francis has modified his World Youth Day schedule to plan a meeting this Thursday with several thousand young people... Read more

Auxiliary Bishop Cristian Contreras Villarroel of Santiago, Chile at the 28th World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 23, 2013.

Bishop says young people in Rio are pilgrims, not tourists

Auxiliary Bishop Cristian Contreras Villarroel of Santiago, Chile, says the hundreds of thousands of young people in Rio de Janeiro... Read more

Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro leads the opening Mass of the 28th World Youth Day.

'Infect everyone' with joy of Christ, says Rio archbishop

Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro greeted pilgrims at World Youth Day's opening Mass, urging them to spread the... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Cardinal Dolan: WYD catechesis will cover 'beautiful themes'

Held at each World Youth Day as an opportunity to provide formation for participants, the three catechesis sessions in Rio... Read more

Paraguayan pilgrims Fabricio, Jose and Diego at World Youth Day, July 23, 2013.

'I hope the Pope sets our hearts on fire,' says Paraguayan WYD pilgrim

Fabricio, Jose and Diego, three World Youth Day pilgrims from Paraguay, say their deep desire that Pope Francis will set... Read more

 Pope Francis receives a soccer jersey from the Fluminense Football Club.

Brazilian soccer team gives Pope personalized jersey

After arriving last night by helicopter at Laranjeiras Stadium, the home of the Fluminense Soccer Club, Pope Francis received a... Read more

Gustavo Silva Clemente at WYD in Rio.

Young boy speechless after giving flowers to Pope

The boy who greeted the Holy Father upon his arrival in Brazil said he could not find the words to... Read more