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Pope Francis: demand and hope

I miss the World Youth Day in Brazil. My blog was full of messages of hope and smiling faces. Pope Francis was surprising the world with his way of approaching people and speaking to them. More than three million in Copacabana beach praying, something never seen before in such a place.

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More than three million in the final Mass with Pope Francis in Rio

Pope Francis: “Go, do not be afraid, and serve”. (Vatican Radio) Celebrating the World Youth Day Holy Mass in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, Pope Francis told those present that it was time to go and to pass on this experience to others. Addressing a crowd of over 3 million people gathered on Copacabana beachfront […]

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Pope encourages the young to call for the betterment of their societies "in an orderly, peaceful and responsible manner" (full text)

WYD Rio: 2 million throng prayer vigil with Pope Francis (Vatican Radio) Two million young people carpeted Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach on Saturday, joining Pope Francis in a huge outdoor evening prayer vigil as part of World Youth Day celebrations in Brazil. The centerpiece of the vigil was a Eucharistic procession. The event featured […]

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Pope Francis in Rio: My advice is always dialogue, dialogue, dialogue

Pope Francis: My advice is always “dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with leading members of Brazilian society on Saturday and stressed the importance of constructive dialogue, saying this was essential at the present moment. “Between selfish indifference and violent protest,” he said, “there is always another possible option, that of dialogue.” The […]

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Pope Francis: Jesus on the Cross hope for suffering people (full text)

Pope Francis: WYD Way of the Cross (full text). Pope Francis prayed the Via crucis on Friday evening with pilgrims gathered for World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  In his remarks he said that on the Cross Jesus is united to people who is suffering today: “With the Cross, he said, Jesus unites himself […]

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Pope Francis to the young: don't build your lives on possessions, money, or power

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis greeted young pilgrims taking part in World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday. The sprawling sands of Rio’s famous Copacabana beach was the scene of the gathering, which was the first official encounter of pilgrims with the Holy Father during the week of events leading to the 28th World […]

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The Pope in a favela: "The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need"

Pope Francis on Thursday visited one of Rio de Janeiro’s most visible favela slums, Manguinhos, as he continues his pastoral visit to Brazil for the World Youth Day gathering. He spoke to thousands gathered on the local soccer field, Vatican Radio reports. He told them that “the measure of the greatness of a society is […]

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Pope Francis visits the poorest in a hospital in Rio and speaks against drug trafficking (full remarks)

Pope Francis: defeating the darkness of drug dependency. (Vatican Radio) From the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida to the “shrine of human suffering” that is the St Francis of Assisi hospital, located in the run-down Tijuca district of northern Rio de Janeiro. That was how Pope Francis himself described his visit on Wednesday afternoon […]

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Enthusiastic welcome to Pope Francis in Rio

Pope Francis had an enthusiastic welcome by the pilgrims and citizens in Rio de Janeiro with huge crowds of people willing to see the Holy Father. At one  point the motorcade stopped stuck in traffic due to a wrong turn and people surrounded the Pope’s car in a chaotic way. But after some moments of […]

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Pope Francis leaves for Rio (Brazil) "full of joy" with a busy program of events

The Alitalia Airbus A330 carrying the Pope departed punctually for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where it is scheduled to land in Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport at 4.00 p.m. local time, 9.00 p.m. Italian time. The Argentine Pope’s first apostolic trip has begun, VIS reports. Francis travelled carrying his hand luggage, and stood in […]

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