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World Youth Day

Pope Francis's Hollow Rhetoric On Place of LGBTQ People in the Church

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.08.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Hope reigned supreme that real change was possible with the installation of Pope Francis as head of the Catholic Church. During his brief tenure thus ...

Bold Changemaker Journeys for Building a Better World

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

As the world observes International Youth Day this week, I wanted to feature the direct voices of young changemakers who are unafraid of challenging the status-quo and refuse to accept the way things are

Why Youth Day Is Vital for All Generations

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

So today on International Youth Day, which the UN has commemorated as an awareness day to draw attention to the legal and culture issues surrounding youth, my hope is that we go beyond awareness and take action to support the efforts of young people having a positive impact on the world.

Pope Francis Whips Out A Tablet To Kick Off World Youth Day Signups

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.27.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himse...

Gen Y Latin Americans Searching for Our Pasts in Film

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter

The older generation of activists would also do well to realize that they no longer struggle just for their own healing.

Smell Like the Sheep -- Make God Your Escape Key

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

One goal of the U.S. bishops this year is to improve homilies at Mass. Homilies and music are integral to helping people experience God's presence.

The Pope Said 'Gay' -- What Happens Next?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

To be sure, Popes do not change doctrine in off-the-cuff airplane interviews. The Catechism remains today as it was yesterday -- equal parts condemnation and conciliation. But something has changed, decisively so. And that is tone.

Yet Another Reason Why Pope Francis Is The Greatest

Religion News Service | David Gibson and Alessandro Speciale | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion

(RNS) With his open and easygoing manner, Pope Francis charmed the media as much as the faithful during his successful visit to Brazil, the first inte...

Top 10 Reasons Pope Francis Earns a 10 for His Visit to Brazil

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Regardless of record-breaking attendance, that the first Latin American pope made his maiden international trip to Brazil, home to the largest, but rapidly declining Catholic population on earth, is in itself of monumental significance.

WATCH: These Dancing Bishops Are Really 'Shaking Up The Church'

Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis stated that he wanted Catholics to 'shake up the Church. These Brazilian Catholic bishops took him literally as they broke out their danc...

Location Of Next World Youth Day Announced

Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion

World Youth Day in Rio has ended; but not without Pope Francis announcing the location of World Youth Day 2016 in Krakòw, Poland. According to Va...

WATCH: Pope's Delivers Final Mass To Record Breaking Crowd

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD and JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 09.27.2013 | Religion

RIO DE JANEIRO — Pope Francis' historic trip to his home continent ended Sunday after a marathon weeklong visit to Brazil that drew millions of ...

What Does Pope Francis Mean By 'Shake Up The Church'

AP | VIVIAN SEQUERA and MICHAEL WARREN | Posted 09.26.2013 | Religion

RIO DE JANEIRO — In the thick of his historic visit to Brazil this week, Pope Francis urged young Catholics to make a "mess" in their dioceses a...

Pope Francis Takes to the Streets of Copacabana

Tracy Lee | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion
Tracy Lee

Chanting "Papa Francisco" to the rhythm of bossa nova music, pilgrims from all over the world packed the glitzy Copacabana beachfront in the rain and unusually cold Rio weather Thursday night, to welcome history's first Latin American pope for World Youth Day.

Rio Brings In Army To Protect Pope

AP | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian authorities say 7,000 soldiers will join thousands of police on Rio de Janeiro's streets to help protect Pope Francis...

Pope Francis Wins Twitter!

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion

A recent study by Twiplomacy reports that Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of retweets from his @...

'Pope Francis Apologizes to LGBT Youth at World Youth Day Event:' My Prayer for the Church

Fr. Gary M. Meier | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion
Fr. Gary M. Meier

It is inconceivable to me that we as a church are unwilling to connect the dots between the church's teaching on homosexuality and the way it's being implemented by members of the hierarchy and the harm it is causing to our LGBT youth.

LOOK: Pope Blesses Olympic Flag With Holy Water

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD and JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 07.25.2013 | Religion

RIO DE JANEIRO, Pope Francis has blessed the Olympic flag, joining a long list of popes who have shown an interest in the positive role sport can play...

Crowd Braves Cold Rain For Pope's First Public Mass

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD and JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion

APARECIDA, Brazil — Pope Francis made an emotional plea Wednesday for Roman Catholics to shun materialism in the first public Mass of his initia...

Is The Pope Safe?

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD and Bradley Brooks | Posted 07.24.2013 | Religion

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis' decision to shun a major security detail for his visit to Brazil exemplifies his view of what the Roman Catholic...

LOOK: World Youth Day 2013 In Brazil

Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion

See photos of World Youth Day 2013 celebrations and devotions here: ...

Jaweed Kaleem

Pope Francis To Make First Major International Appearance | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK -- At St. Joseph's church, a small but bustling Catholic congregation near downtown Brooklyn that draws a mix of Hispanic and Caribbean famil...

Pope's Visit Hopes To Strengthen Brazil's Flagging Church

Reuters | Paulo Prada and Esteban Israel | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion

* Francis arrives Monday for weeklong World Youth Day events * 22,000 additional soldiers, police to beef up security * ...

Hunter Stuart

Get Out Of Purgatory By Following This Event On Twitter | Hunter Stuart | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion

Well this is a pretty sweet deal. Pope Francis has offered a reward to people who follow a Catholic youth event on Twitter and other social media ...


AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is forgoing the bulletproof popemobile for his upcoming trip to Brazil for the Catholic Church's youth festival, fur...