2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

WYD 2016 Announced!


World Youth Day 2016

in Krakow, Poland!


Will you be there???

Popal Address

The Way of the Cross

on the Waterfront of Copacabana



A short and resounding address from Pope Francis regarding the full effect of the cross of Christ on our lives:


".. 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, especially those who suffer, who are in need of help, who need a word or a concrete action; the Cross invites us to step outside ourselves to meet them and to extend a hand to them."


To read the entire address, click here.

Pope Frances Visits

the Marian Shrine of Aparecida


On July 24th, Pope Frances held Mass at the Marian Shrine of Aparecida. Rain and cold could not stop thousands of people from attending. Here is a snippet of his homily:


"How many difficulties are present in the life of every individual, among our people, in our communities; yet as great as these may seem, God never allows us to be overwhelmed by them. In the face of those moments of discouragement we experience in life, in our efforts to evangelize or to embody our faith as parents within the family, I would like to say forcefully: Always know in your heart that God is by your side; he never abandons you! Let us never lose hope! Let us never allow it to die in our hearts!"


To read the entire homily, click here.

Pope Emeritas Benedict XVI


"History shows how many

young people, by their

generous gift of self, made  

a great contribution to the

Kingdom of God and the 

development of this world 

by proclaiming the Gospel.

Filled with enthusiasm, they

brought the Good News of

God’s Love made manifest in

Christ; they used the means

and possibilities then available,

which were far inferior to those

we have today. One example which

comes to mind is Blessed José de Anchieta. He was a young spanish Jesuit of the sixteenth century who went as a missionary to Brazil before he was twenty years old and became a great apostle of the New World."


For more information about WYD Patron of the Week, Blessed José de Anchieta, click here. 


This statue of Blessed José de Anchieta is located in Santos, Brazil.

From Pope Frances' Welcome Ceremony Address:


"Christ offers them (the youth)

space, knowing that there is

no force more powerful than

the one released from the

hearts of young people when

they have been conquered by

the experience of friendship

with him. Christ has confidence

in young people and entrusts

them with the very future of

his mission, “Go and make

disciples”. Go beyond the

confines of what is humanly possible and create a world of brothers and sisters! And young people have confidence in Christ: they are not afraid to risk for him the only life they have, because they know they will not be disappointed."


To read the entire address, click here.

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