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Young people traveled from Mozambique to Brazil for World Youth Day 2013.

Exhausting trip to Rio was 'worth it,' Mozambique youths say

A group of young people who traveled 18 hours on a plane to make it to Brazil for World Youth... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi at the July 22, 2013 press conference at the WYD media center in Rio de Janeiro.

Pope very happy with enthusiastic Rio reception

Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday to a jubilant welcome that at times involved crowds swarming the... Read more

Matt Maher in concert, October 21, 2012.

Singer says WYD offers chance to experience 'global Church'

Award-winning Catholic musician Matt Maher sees this year’s World Youth Day gathering as an opportunity to recognize the universal nature... Read more


Bomb found at Aparecida shrine ahead of Pope's visit

The Brazilian military discovered an improvised bomb in a parking garage bathroom at the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida... Read more


Young people with disabilities to perform musical in Rio

At World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro this week, a group of Peruvian youth with disabilities are set to... Read more

Pope Francis gives his first address at the Presidential Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Pope comes to spark 'flame of fraternal love' in Rio

Affirming the “great heart” of the Brazilian people, Pope Francis said at a welcome ceremony that he comes to World... Read more

World Youth Day media center in Rio.

Thousands of journalists swarm Copacabana beach for World Youth Day

Around 6,000 journalists from around the globe are flocking to Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach this week to cover the... Read more

Pilgrims arrive at the Rio de Janeiro airport for World Youth Day 2013.

World Youth Day participants hope to build peaceful future

Journalists from across the world heard stories of faith and determination from young people attending World Youth Day 2013 in... Read more


Impoverished youth will give Marian image to Brazilian slum

A group of 67 young people from the slums in Buenos Aires heading to Brazil for World Youth Day will... Read more

Icon of the Virgin of the World Youth Days.

Rio archbishop: World Youth Day shows young people's thirst for God

As the official start of World Youth Day nears, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro reflected on the... Read more


Pope targets 'throwaway culture' during Brazil visit

Pope Francis said as he flew to Rio de Janeiro that he is going to meet young people and help... Read more

Pope Francis boards the papal plane carrying his black bag at Rome's Fiumicino Airport on July 22, 2013. ANSA/TELENEWS.

Pope Francis' style changes papal flight

As he boarded the plane for Rio de Janeiro and the 28th World Youth Day, Pope Francis brought his down-to-earth... Read more

World Youth Day pilgrims at Immaculate Conception Church (

WYD pilgrims help rebuild quake-damaged Chilean church

Forty Australian World Youth Day pilgrims made a special stop in Chile on Saturday to help rebuild a 200-year-old church... Read more

Pilgrims from Karissa O'Hearn's World Youth Day group in Germany.

Past World Youth Day attendees recall finding vocations

As huge crowds of youth flock to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day 2013, some participants from past years... Read more


Pope prays for WYD before famous Marian image

Two days before his departure to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for World Youth Day, Pope Francis made a surprise trip... Read more

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Vatican prompts prayer app update in time for World Youth Day

Major updates to a popular Catholic prayer application for smart phones have been completed just in time for World Youth... Read more

Flash mob organizers hope to unite WYD crowds in Rio

Organizers of a massive flash mob in Brazil hope that some two million young people from around the world will... Read more

Pope Francis welcomes Benedict XVI back to the Vatican at Mater Ecclesia monastery on May 2, 2013.

Pope Francis prays with Benedict XVI before World Youth Day

Pope Francis met with former pontiff Benedict XVI today to pray for his trip to Brazil and for World Youth... Read more

Indulgences not a 'magical formula,' canon lawyer explains

In contrast with media reports of “time off of purgatory” for Pope Francis' Twitter followers, a canon lawyer says indulgences... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Pope Francis will visit slum, not use popemobile in Rio

During next week's World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis will be staying in a modest residency, visiting... Read more