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Vatican: Change of Popes 'intensified' World Youth Day

A Vatican spokesman said the change of Popes which occurred from the announcement of World Youth Day to its fruition... Read more

Pilgrims from Colombia during World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid.

Pope to receive cross signed by 10,000 Colombian youth

During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro next week, Pope Francis will be presented with and bless a wooden... Read more

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Bishop catechists for World Youth Day 2013 revealed

During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, more than 250 bishops from around the world will preside at catechetical... Read more

Blessed Chiara 'Luce' Badano.

Blessed Chiara Badano an 'excellent' model for World Youth Day

A friend of Blessed Chiara Badano, a patroness of World Youth Day 2013 who united her suffering from cancer to... Read more

The room where Pope Francis will stay during his visit to Brazil for World Youth Day Rio 2013.

Pope Francis' accommodations for World Youth Day revealed

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has posted a series of photos of the room where Pope Francis will stay... Read more


World Youth Day expected to boost economy in Rio de Janeiro

The organizers of the World Youth Day to be held next week in Brazil have sent a report on the... Read more


WYD cross and Marian icon arrive in Rio de Janeiro

The World Youth Day Cross and Icon of the Virgin Mary arrived July 6 in Rio de Janeiro, where they... Read more

Pope Francis holds a June 7, 2013 audience with student from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania.

Pope grants indulgences for World Youth Day

Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence – a remission of all temporal punishment due to sin – to World... Read more


Faithful can send intentions for Papal Mass at Brazilian shrine

The Catholic faithful from around the world are invited to send their prayer intentions to the Shrine of Our Lady... Read more

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Despite protests, archbishop assures safety at World Youth Day

The archbishop of Rio de Janeiro has reassured young people planning to attend World Youth Day that the protests occurring... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi speaks at a March 5, 2013 Vatican press conference.

Pope's plans for encyclical, travel disclosed

Pope Francis could issue his first encyclical this year and so far is only planning one international trip in 2013,... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful in St. Peter's Square for Palm Sunday March 24, 2013.

Rio archbishop invites Pope to visit poor neighborhood

The archbishop of Rio de Janeiro proposed an agenda for Pope Francis' visit to Brazil this summer for World Youth... Read more


Pope Francis will attend World Youth Day, officials confirm

The president of the Brazilian Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis, has confirmed that Pope Francis will travel to Brazil... Read more

World Youth Day pilgrims from across the globe pack into Madrid's famous Cibeles Square to greet the Pope on August 18, 2011.

Young Catholics recall Pope's profound outreach

As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to conclude his duties as Holy Father, young Catholics are recalling his marked efforts to... Read more


Mother who cooked for Pope recalls his paternal care

A woman who helped cook for the Pope during his visit to Spain in 2011 said the Holy Father looked... Read more

Pilgrims from Brazil celebrate after the announcement of WYD2013 in Rio de Janeiro.

New Pope will attend World Youth Day, Rio archbishop confirms

Amid news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro said the new Pope elected in the... Read more


Benedict XVI will see Christ statue from the air during WYD

Pope Benedict XVI will get a bird’s eye view of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de... Read more


World Youth Day cross, Mary icon arrive in Uruguay

The two symbols of World Youth Day, the pilgrim cross and the icon of the Virgin Mary, will tour the... Read more


World Youth Day pilgrims not required to pay for Brazil visa

Organizers for World Youth Day Rio 2013 said pilgrims and volunteers who have proof of registration in the event will... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI rides through St. Peter's Square before his Nov. 7, 2012 general audience.

Pope asks young to heed Jesus' missonary call

In anticipation of next July’s World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Benedict XVI is challenging young Catholics to... Read more