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Nathan de Brito hugs Pope Francis during his visit to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day 2013.

Boy who got past security barrier to embrace Pope Francis at WYD 2013 is now a seminarian

Jul 11, 2023

By Natalia Zimbrão

On July 26, 2013, Nathan de Brito managed to get to the popemobile carrying Pope Francis through the streets of... Read more

The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue undergoes major restoration for 90th anniversary

Mar 31, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The massive Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is undergoing restoration ahead of its 90th anniversary... Read more

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

Rio favela continues to reap fruits from World Youth Day

Jul 28, 2014

After nearly two years of preparation, Father José Almy Gomes, 40, almost wasn’t ready for Pope Francis’ World Youth Day... Read more

Paul Jarzembowski speaks with CNA on April 10, 2014

Greatest fruit of WYD has been vocations, organizer says

Apr 14, 2014

By Elise Harris

At a recent gathering discussing preparations for World Youth Day in Krakow, a coordinator for the event emphasized that each... Read more

Cardinal Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro, speaking Nov. 16, 2013.

Cardinal Tempesta, the 'worker bishop' with communications skills

Feb 25, 2014

When he was appointed archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Orani Tempesta – newly made a cardinal -- promised to visit... Read more

Flash mob organizers hope to unite WYD crowds in Rio

Jul 19, 2013

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


WYD cross and Marian icon arrive in Rio de Janeiro

Jul 10, 2013

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

Jul 9, 2013

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


Pope Francis will attend World Youth Day, officials confirm

Mar 19, 2013

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

Feb 12, 2013

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

Jan 8, 2013

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