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The Field of Faith Is Your Own Heart, Pope Tells WYD Pilgrims (3477)

Pope Francis addressed a crowd of 3 million pilgrims at the Saturday night prayer vigil.

07/28/2013 Comment
Jill Sanders/ EWTN

Pope Francis arriving to the media center at Forte Copa on Copacabana beach as he makes his way to the prayer vigil July 27.

– Jill Sanders/ EWTN

Pope Francis told the crowd of pilgrims at World Youth Day's Saturday night prayer vigil that the “field of faith” is found in their own hearts, which Christ wishes to till.

“This, dear young people, means that the real ‘Campus Fidei,’ the field of faith, is your own heart; it is your life,” the Pope told the pilgrims gathered in Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of a vigil July 27. The prayer vigil was held on Copacabana beach rather than “Campus Fidei” in Guaratiba, which was rained out.

He stressed that the deepest meaning of “Campus Fidei” is not a geographical place, like the massive plain east of Rio that was closed to pilgrims after heavy rains. Rather, the field of faith is,...READ MORE

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Religion Is ‘Leaven’ in Society, Pope Tells Brazil’s Leaders (3768)

Pope Francis met July 27 with Brazilian political, cultural, educational and business leaders gathered at Rio de Janeiro’s municipal theater.

07/27/2013 Comments (2)

Pope Francis addresses Brazilian leaders in Rio de Janeiro July 27.


Pope Francis told representatives of Brazil’s leadership this morning that governments should affirm the value of religion in society so that religions can contribute to open dialogue in the public square.

“Peaceful coexistence between different religions is favored by the laicity of the state, which ... respects and esteems the presence of the religious factor in society, while fostering its concrete expressions,” the Pope said July 27 to Brazilian leaders gathered at Rio de Janeiro’s ornate municipal theater.

He said the great religious traditions “play a fruitful role as a leaven of society and a life-giving force for democracy.”

Pope Francis’ audience included political,...READ MORE

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Piety: the Perfection of Religion (4206)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit

07/27/2013 Comment

The sixth of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit we receive in the sacrament of confirmation is piety. Piety is one of those “religious” words that people tend to tune out. Sometimes, we tune them out because they sound too false (“Look at that smug hypocrite. She’s so pious!”).

Or, then again, we dislike other religious words because, conversely, they sound harsh, forbidding, abstract and out of touch with human need and frailty. The chief of these religious words is, well, “religion.” So we hear frequently the old saw, “I’m not religious. I just love the Lord!”

The notion behind this is that “religion” is the sterile performance of meaningless rites, the memorization of cold and...READ MORE

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Proclaim Gospel Boldly and Freely, Pope Tells Clergy (3851)

Pope preached July 27 at Rio de Janeiro’s St. Sebastian Cathedral during a morning Mass for bishops, priests, seminarians and religious.

07/27/2013 Comments (1)
Walter Sanchez Silva/ CNA

Pope Francis gives the homily during a Mass for priests, religious and seminarians at St. Sebastian Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro July 27.

– Walter Sanchez Silva/ CNA

Pope Francis on Saturday urged Catholic clergy and consecrated religious to share the Gospel with young people boldly, “so that they may encounter Christ” and then form a better world.

“We are indeed here to praise the Lord, and we do so reaffirming our desire to be his instruments, so that not only some peoples may praise God, but all,” the Pope preached July 27 at Rio de Janeiro’s St. Sebastian Cathedral during a morning Mass for bishops, priests, seminarians and religious.

He encouraged them to “proclaim the Gospel to our young people” with the same freedom of Sts. Paul and Barnabas.

The Pope used the word “parrhesia,” a Greek word with a special meaning. “Parrhesia” means the...READ MORE

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Jesus’ Cross Invites Us to Be Smitten by His Love, Pope Says (4052)

The Holy Father addressed the faithful at the Way of the Cross.

07/27/2013 Comments (2)
Father John Paul Zeller/ EWTN

Pilgrims carry WYD cross to the altar during the opening Mass of World Youth Day July 23.

– Father John Paul Zeller/ EWTN

RIO DE JANEIRO — The cross of Christ is an invitation for us to fall in love with him and to then reach out and help our neighbors, Pope Francis said today at the conclusion of the Way of the Cross at World Youth Day.

“The cross of Christ invites us also to allow ourselves to be smitten by his love, teaching 
us always to look upon others with mercy and tenderness,” the Pope prayed July 26 on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

“Especially those who suffer, who are in need of help, who need a word or a concrete action, which requires us to step outside ourselves to meet them and to extend a hand to them.”

World Youth Day’s Stations of the Cross stretched across a mile of Brazilian...READ MORE

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World Youth Day Tales of Faith (5385)

Pilgrims and volunteers overcome remarkable adversity to fulfill their WYD 2013 dreams.

07/27/2013 Comments (2)
Chris Kudialis

Alina Ramos poses with the four shirts she used to raise money for her trip to WYD 2013. In front of her is a daily journal she uses to document her experiences in Rio

– Chris Kudialis

RIO DE JANEIRO — When 15-year-old Alina Ramos heard about World Youth Day in July 2012, she made it a priority to attend.

It didn’t matter that Ramos, a Mexican-American from Raleigh, N.C., didn’t have a job or the financial situation at the time to even consider paying for her trip.

At a cost of $4,000 for the WYD trip, a week in Rio de Janeiro can lighten even the fattest pocketbooks. For Ramos’ family, and many others in the congregation at St. Michael the Archangel Church, such a figure is financially unimaginable without support.

But when St. Michael the Archangel offered a WYD sponsorship contest last fall, Ramos immediately entered.

The catch?

Ramos would have to present...READ MORE

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Archbishop Broglio Discusses Challenges for Catholics in the Armed Forces (3933)

The head of the Archdiocese for the Military Services reiterates his concern for greater conscience protection.

07/26/2013 Comments (9)

Archbishop Timothy Broglio

– milarch.org

Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services is the spiritual leader of 1.8 million Catholics.

During a July 25 interview with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond, he discusses emerging challenges to the religious freedom of Catholics in uniform in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

Archbishop Broglio notes that Catholic chaplains may not be able to hold marriage retreats in the future, and he endorsed Louisiana Rep. John Fleming’s amendment that would strengthen conscience protections for military personnel.

Amid a...READ MORE

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Pope Asks World Youth Day Throng to ‘Pray for Sophie’ (4438)

The 21-year-old French pilgrim was killed in a bus accident July 17.

07/26/2013 Comments (1)

Sophie Morinière

– RadioNotreDame.com

RIO DE JANEIRO — Pope Francis asked for a moment of silence to pray for 21-year-old pilgrim Sophie Morinière, who was killed in a July 17 bus accident on her way to participate in World Youth Day .

During the Pope’s welcoming ceremony for World Youth Day on July 25, where officials estimated 1 million youth gathered on the famous Copacabana beach, Francis expressed his condolences for those who were also badly injured just days before the event.

The bus, which was taking a group of pilgrims of St. Léon parish in Paris to Rio, collided with a truck close to Kourou in French Guiana, a country bordering north of Brazil.

Sophie had traveled from Paris to take part in World Youth Day in...READ MORE

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