Today marks one month since Pope Francis addressed native Argentines — including local Catholics — while in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for World Youth Day festivities. The Catholic Sun recently caught up with a sibling duo who, through family connections, counted themselves among the 4,000 admitted to the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian.

Teenagers and young adults throughout the Diocese of Phoenix echoed Pope Francis upon returning from World Youth Day celebrations held July 23-28 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — and their joy is greater than their exhaustion.

Read Bishop Olmsted's statement on Pope Francis' apostolic journey to World Youth Day and the reaction to the Holy Father's press conference.

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- If Blessed John Paul II had an actor's mastery of the dramatic gesture and Pope Benedict XVI engaged the faithful most effectively through his learned and lucid writing, Pope Francis showed the world on his first international trip that his forte as a communicator is the simple, seemingly artless action that resonates powerfully in context.

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- With the young pilgrims of World Youth Day, Pope Francis was encouraging and challenging; with the bishops, priests and religious who minister to them he was firm and blunt.

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM BRAZIL (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he was responding to the clear wishes of the College of Cardinals when he set up commissions to study the Vatican bank, Vatican financial and administrative procedures and the reform of the Roman Curia.

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- For Americans at World Youth Day, it's not just seeing and praying with Pope Francis that's exciting, but the chance to bolster their own faith and take home their experiences.

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- "I saw the pope! I saw the pope!" yelled Hiago Ferreira de Araujo of Feira de Santana, Brazil, as he jumped up and down like a little kid who had just scored a goal.

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- The 76-year-old Pope Francis went to World Youth Day with grandparents, or at least society's elders, on his mind, and he honored them in a special way July 26.

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- The streets surrounding the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian were filled with a sea of blue and white flags. The Argentines had come to town.


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