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Showing posts with label World Youth Day 2013. Show all posts
Showing posts with label World Youth Day 2013. Show all posts

Friday, July 26, 2013

Message of Pope Francis at Copacabana Welcoming Ceremony



Waterfront of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Thursday, 25 July 2013

Dear Young Friends,

Good evening! First of all, I want to thank you for the testimony you are giving to the world. I always heard it said that the people of Rio didn’t like the cold and rain, but you are showing that your faith is stronger than the cold and rain. Congratulations! You are true heroes!

In you I see the beauty of Christ’s young face and I am filled with joy. I recall the first World Youth Day on an international level. It was celebrated in 1987 in Argentina, in my home city of Buenos Aires. I still cherish the words of Blessed John Paul II to the young people on that occasion: “I have great hope in you! I hope above all that you will renew your fidelity to Jesus Christ and to his redeeming Cross” (Address to Young People, Buenos Aires, 11 April 1987).

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pope to Rio Slum: "The Humblest Offer the World a Lesson in Solidarity"



Rio de Janeiro

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning!

It is wonderful to be here with you! It is wonderful! From the start, my wish in planning this visit to Brazil was to be able to visit every district throughout the nation. I would have liked to knock on every door, to say “good morning”, to ask for a glass of cold water, to take a cafezinho, - not a glass of grappa! – to speak as one would to family friends, to listen to each person pouring out his or her heart – parents, children, grandparents ... But Brazil is so vast! It is impossible to knock on every door! So I chose to come here, to visit your community, this community, which today stands for every district in Brazil. How wonderful it is to be welcomed with such love, generosity, and joy! One need only look at the way you have decorated the streets of the community; this is a further mark of affection, it comes from your heart, from the heart of all Brazilians in festive mood. Many thanks to each of you for this kind welcome! And I thank Rangler and Joana for their kind words.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pope Francis' Homily at the Shrine of Aparecida




Wednesday, 24 July 2013


Your Eminence,
My Brother Bishops and Priests,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

What joy I feel as I come to the house of the Mother of every Brazilian, the Shrine of our Lady of Aparecida! The day after my election as Bishop of Rome, I visited the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, in order to entrust my ministry to Our Lady. Today I have come here to ask Mary our Mother for the success of World Youth Day and to place at her feet the life of the people of Latin America.

There is something that I would like to say first of all. Six years ago the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean was held in this Shrine. Something beautiful took place here, which I witnessed at first hand. I saw how the Bishops – who were discussing the theme of encountering Christ, discipleship and mission – felt encouraged, supported and in some way inspired by the thousands of pilgrims who came here day after day to entrust their lives to Our Lady. That Conference was a great moment of Church. It can truly be said that the Aparecida Document was born of this interplay between the labours of the Bishops and the simple faith of the pilgrims, under Mary’s maternal protection. When the Church looks for Jesus, she always knocks at his Mother’s door and asks: “Show us Jesus”. It is from Mary that the Church learns true discipleship. That is why the Church always goes out on mission in the footsteps of Mary.

World Youth Day Opening Ceremony, Mass and Homily by Archbishop Tempesta

Dear young people!
Distinguished authorities, ecclesiastical, civil, and military!
Beloved People of God!

We are starting World Youth Day Rio 2013! You are all welcome! This wonderful city has become even more beautiful with your presence! A great joy invades us: you are here! You have come from all over the earth! During these days, this will be home to all of you! You are part of our family in this beautiful and important moment in history!

Everyone is arriving tired by their journey here: but this time is to be with the Lord Jesus Christ, to live as his disciples. This will result in our experience of missionary enthusiasm! Go and make disciples!

The Archdiocese of Sao Sebastiao of Rio de Janeiro received with great responsibility the choice made by Pope Benedict XVI, now emeritus, announced the end of the Final Mass of WYD Madrid in August 2011. We thank him for this choice and his guidelines, the theme of this WYD and his encouragement. We know he’s with us in prayer and accompanying us through the media. To him our affectionate greetings.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Address of Pope Francis at World Youth Day Welcome Ceremony

Garden of Guanabara Palace, Rio de Janeiro
Monday, 22 July 2013

Madam President,
Distinguished Authorities,
Brethren and Friends!

In his loving providence, God willed that the first international trip of my pontificate should take me back to my beloved Latin America, specifically to Brazil, a country proud of its links to the Apostolic See and of its deep sentiments of faith and friendship that have always kept it united in a special way to the Successor of Peter. I am grateful for this divine benevolence. 

Pope Francis speaks next to Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Rio de Janeiro

I have learned that, to gain access to the Brazilian people, it is necessary to pass through its great heart; so let me knock gently at this door. I ask permission to come in and spend this week with you. I have neither silver nor gold, but I bring with me the most precious thing given to me: Jesus Christ! I have come in his name, to feed the flame of fraternal love that burns in every heart; and I wish my greeting to reach one and all: The peace of Christ be with you!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Live Streaming Video of World Youth Day 2013

Check back here often during the week ahead for live, streaming video of World Youth Day events.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

A Look at the Real Brazil - Through Communist Eyes

Pope Benedict has chosen Rio de Janeiro as the site of the next World Youth Day in 2013.  He well knows how millions of the world's most zealous youths have edified and rekindled faith in places like Denver, Sydney and Madrid. How the salvific mission of the universal Church would be advanced were faith renewed in the world's largest Catholic country.  Come, Holy Spirit!

By Luis Dufaur

The establishment media seek to convey a discouraging impression of Brazil as a country where the majority of the population prefers immorality and egalitarian decadence. However, this is a very partial view of reality that does not consider the deepest aspects of the Brazilian soul.