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RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- Pope Francis addressed a group of recovering drug addicts in a working-class neighborhood of Rio, offering them a message of compassion and hope as well as a call to self-determination.
A look at Pope Francis' visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida.
Comfortable in the presence of Mary and at a shrine that symbolizes one of his most important experiences as a member of the Latin American bishops' council, Pope Francis kicked off five days of intense activity with an act of devotion.
World Youth Day is underway in Rio! Here is a video from the Catholic News Service YouTube channel from when Pope Francis arrived June 22 in Brazil.
The dream of trying to see Pope Francis up close ended at a police barricade for 74-year-old Odaleia Bastos.
RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- Hundreds of thousands of cheering people welcomed Pope Francis to Brazil July 22 as he made the first international trip of his pontificate to his native region of Latin America.
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO BRAZIL (CNS) -- With economic hard times as an excuse not to hire young people, the world risks tossing them aside and endangers its own future, Pope Francis said.
Ideas of blogs to follow written by U.S. pilgrims and those headed to Rio de Janeiro from other countries. Hopefully it will help create the global perspective of the Catholic Church that Blessed Pope John Paul II intended when he initiated the gathering of Catholic teenagers and young adults in 1984. The first official #WYD was held in 1986.
The 13th global World Youth Day celebration kicking off July 23 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will feature several firsts and local Catholics will be there to experience some of them.
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