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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

(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 […]

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 […]