World Youth Day - Rio 2013

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Location for World Youth Day vigil changed due to rain

Jul 25, 2013

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

Jul 25, 2013

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

Jul 25, 2013

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

Jul 25, 2013

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

Jul 24, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

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

Jul 24, 2013

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

Jul 24, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

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

Jul 24, 2013

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' 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

Jul 24, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Jul 24, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

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

Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Cardinal Dolan: WYD catechesis will cover 'beautiful themes'

Jul 23, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

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

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

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

Jul 23, 2013

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

Jul 23, 2013

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'

Jul 22, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

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

Jul 22, 2013

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

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

World Youth Day participants hope to build peaceful future

Jul 22, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

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

Jul 22, 2013

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

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

Past World Youth Day attendees recall finding vocations

Jul 21, 2013

By Mary Farrow, Hannah Brockhaus

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

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

Pope Francis will visit slum, not use popemobile in Rio

Jul 18, 2013

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