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July 2013

Pope Francis' Final Address to President of Brazil and Bishops in Rio

Here is the Pope’s address to the President of Brazil, dignatories, and Bishops & priests just prior to leaving for Rome (news.va):

Madam President,
Distinguished National, State and Local Authorities,Dear Archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro,
Dear Cardinals and Brother Bishops,Dear Friends,

I am about to leave your country to return to Rome. I depart with many happy memories which I know will nourish my prayers. Already I am beginning to miss Brazil, this great people showing so much affection and friendship.

Pope Invites Youth to Defend Marriage; to Rebel and Swim Against the Tide

 
Pope Francis received gifts from youth
 
The Pope, in one of his final engagements of World Youth Day in Rio, attended a large gathering of volunteers in Rio’s conference centre to thank them for their efforts in making the event such a huge success.  Around 15,000 of the 80,000 volunteers were in attendance and they witnessed a very powerful address from the Holy Father who invited them to swim against the tide; to rebel; and to be revolutionaries.
 
The Pope commented: “With your smiles, your acts of kindness and your willingness to serve, you have shown that “it is more blessed to give than to receive”.

World Youth Day Final Mass Full of Joyful Singing and Dancing as the Church, Fronted by Youth, Prepares to Make Waves Across the World

 
The Priests and Bishops were in Celebratory Mood
 
Once again the youth of Brazil and the other 179 nations represented at World Youth Day 2013 showed the world just how great it is to be in love with Christ! 
 
Although most of the Mass took place under the haze of a hushed silence; perfectly observed by the estimated 3 million present, there was still room for much singing and dancing beforehand.  As the Pope arrived and made his way up to the altar, a band struck up and a throng of singers belted out a beautiful opening hymn during which even the priests and Bishops loosened their limbs and danced to the catchy beat.

Pope Francis Calls on the Young to be Agents of Change; to be ‘Athletes of Christ’

 
180 Nations were Represented by a Total of 3 million People in Rio
 
Pope Francis joined around 2 million young people on Copacabana beach on Saturday for a prayer vigil at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  It was a beautiful occasion with a Eucharistic procession and faithful testimonies of four young people before Pope Francis.
 
In his address the Pope referred to Brazil’s passion for sport, in particular football, and asked the gathered faithful what are players asked to do when they join a team.

Young Catholic People Show the Way to True Faith in Christ and the Church

 
Picture: Catholic Herald
 
To say Friday evening’s Way of the Cross (or Via Crucis) in Rio was moving would be an understatement of the very highest order.
 
To watch thousands of young people follow in the footsteps of Christ’s Passion, solemnly joined by their Holy Father, Pope Francis, was a most humbling experience.
 
The World Youth Day Cross (the same one given to the youth in St Peter’s Square in 1984 by John Paul II) was reverently carried down the street alongside Copacabana Beach, stopping at thoughtful sets, each posing as one of the fourteen stations.

Priests report worldwide increase in people seeking the Sacrament of Reconciliation

 
It was with great joy that I heard two priests who are covering the events of World Youth Day for EWTN claim that the Church has witnessed a significant increase in people seeking the sacrament of Confession over recent months. 
 
I can imagine it would be difficult to pin this increase down to precise numbers but even this kind of talk is enough to raise the spirit within.  And it is not hard to believe that the increasing interest in the Faith brought about principally around the conclave, Pope Francis’ subsequent appointment, and his desire to be close to people, is bringing the faithful back to the Churches and seeking God’s forgiveness.

Church is more alive than ever as Pope Francis joins 1 million on the Copacabana Beach

 
Picture: RTE
 
To say the formal opening ceremony of World Youth Day 2013 in Brazil was a sight to behold would be an understatement on a grand scale.  With approximately one million young people gathered on the Copacabana beach (which is believed to be named after Our Lady of Copacabana, the patroness of neighbouring Bolivia), the Pope took some time meandering through those who had lined the road to see him arrive in his pope-mobile. 
 
During this journey the Holy Father blessed just about everyone he passed, kissed the heads of countless babies, gave away his white cap, and even had time to take a drink that someone kindly offered to share with him.

Pope Francis Urges Youth to go out into the Streets and Make Noise

 
 
Picture: Daily News
 
Pope Francis continued his Brazilian journey yesterday as he met with young people from his native Argentina in Rio de Janeiro’s Cathedral.  There was also around 30,000 gathered outside, standing in the rain, hoping to catch a glimpse of this heroic figure.
 
Pope Francis, speaking directly to the youth, said: “I would like to tell you what my expectations are regarding this World Youth Day; I would like us to make noise, I would like those inside the Dioceses to go out into the open; I want the Church to be in the streets; I want us to defend ourselves against all that is worldliness, comfort, being closed and turned within – Parishes, colleges and institutions must get out otherwise they risk becoming NGOs, and the Church is not a Non-Governmental Organisation”.

A Return to the Faith - one man's journey of faith

 
Picture: beliefnet
 
Scots Catholic is delighted to bring to you the true story of a man who was baptised a Christian but whose heart became hardened causing him to embark on a mission to reveal what he thought was the 'real' truth about Christianity.
 
However, despite his hardened heart, the 'pull' of Christianity was too great in the end and he returned to the Faith.
 
It is a very interesting read and gives an interesting perspective on the Christian faith from someone who, at one point in his life, had very little time for it!

Pope Francis Visits Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida and Invites us to Listen to Mary as she asks us..."Do whatever he tells you"

 
 
Pope Francis has visited the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, some 150 miles outside Rio, to celebrate the first public Mass of his visit to Brazil for World Youth Day. 
 
The Pope, during his homily, told the faithful that 'Mary has opened the door of her house....and shows us her son.  Now she asks us "do whatever he tells you".
 
The Pope also focused on three attitudes: hopefullness, openness and joy as he addressed approximately 150,000 gathered faithful .
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