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« Reply #440 on: July 28, 2013, 12:25:33 AM »

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2456/francis_to_brazilian_bishops_are_we_still_a_church_capable_of_leading_people_back_to_jerusalem.aspx#.UfSbQr4o7IU

Francis to Brazilian bishops: “Are we still a Church capable of leading people back to Jerusalem?”
July 27, 2013 11:21 EST

Delivering the longest and most detailed address of his pontificate to date—which clocks in at more than 4,000 words—Pope Francis today addressed the bishops of Brazil at the residence of the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Archbishop Orani Tempesta. In a speech already being described as the Holy Father’s most significant address as pontiff yet, he discussed his vision of the Church’s mission in the modern world (“Today, we need a Church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them…a Church able to make sense of the ‘night’ contained in the flight of so many of our brothers and sisters from Jerusalem”) as well as particular challenges facing the Church in Brazil (“What is needed is a solid human, cultural, effective, spiritual, and doctrinal formation”).

Below is the text of the Holy Father’s address, via Vatican Radio.
 
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« Reply #441 on: July 28, 2013, 12:40:28 AM »

Sunday, July 28, 2013
Live streaming today!  At the link, click the blue botton "WATCH LIVE"  This link has English commentary/translation


http://ewtn.com/tv/

Mass at Campus Fidei - includes Angelus
Sun. July 28 at 8:30 AM ET & 11 PM ET, Mon. July 29 at 12 AM ET
Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass at Campus Fidei, announces the next city to host World Youth Day and prays the noon Angelus.

 
Meeting with Volunteers and Farewell Ceremony
Sun. July 28 at 4 PM ET, Mon. July 29 at 3:30 AM ET
Pope Francis thanks the many volunteers involved in World Youth Day at the Pavilhão 5 do Rio Centro (Pavilion 5 of the Rio Center).
 
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« Reply #442 on: July 28, 2013, 12:50:10 AM »

Sunday, July 28, 2013
Live streaming today on YouTube...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-iZAten9MI

The Pope at Rio - Mass and Angelus for the WYD
Scheduled for Jul 28, 2013 
Pope Francis celebrates the Holy Mass with the young people from all over the world taking part in the WYD at the Copacabana. The Angelus prayer follows and the place and date of the next WYD is announced. (9.45 am-12.30 pm local time)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDq8bLUijuo

The Pope at Rio: Meeting with the volunteers
Scheduled for Jul 28, 2013 
Before leaving Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis greets the 15.000 young volunteers who have helped their coetaneous during the 28th WYD. The meeting takes place in the Congress Center of the city of Rio (5.15pm - 6.00 pm local time)
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« Reply #443 on: July 28, 2013, 09:39:03 AM »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23483478

28 July 2013 Last updated at 09:17 ET
Pope Francis holds final Brazil Mass on Copacabana beach


Many of the pilgrims gathered for Sunday's Mass had slept on the beach after attending an all-night vigil with Pope Francis

Pope Francis is closing the biggest-ever Roman Catholic World Youth Day event with a Mass on Brazil's Copacabana beach.

Up to three million people are estimated to have gathered for the service in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Many of the pilgrims had slept on the beach after attending an all-night vigil, which the Pope also led.

Sunday's ceremony marks the end of his first foreign trip since becoming pontiff in March.

Pope Francis, who has spent five days in Brazil, is set to fly back to Rome later on Sunday.

The BBC's Wyre Davies in Rio says almost every inch of the two-and-a-half mile long beach was occupied ahead of the Mass, as most of the young people stayed after the vigil, pitching tents or sleeping in the open.
 
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« Reply #444 on: July 28, 2013, 10:33:24 AM »

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2013-07-28 10:30:53
Pope Francis to welcome sick girl at Final WYD Rio Mass

(Vatican Radio) Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican Press Office, told Vatican Radio that Pope Francis has personally requested the presence of a sick child when he presides Sunday’s closing mass for World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The little girl, who suffers from anencephaly, a condition which means she was born without a large part of her brain, will be brought up to the altar during the Offertory procession. Most children affected by anencephaly do not survive this condition or are aborted before the pregnancy comes to term.

The little girl’s parents presented her to Pope Francis as he was leaving Rio’s Saint Sebastian Cathedral following Saturday’s mass with religious. The couple said that though they could have legally aborted their sick child, they decided to celebrate her life.
 
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« Reply #445 on: July 28, 2013, 10:39:01 AM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/28/pope_francis:_go,_do_not_be_afraid,_and_serve_/en1-714699

2013-07-28 16:10:06
Pope Francis: "Go, do not be afraid, and serve"



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated the concluding Mass of World Youth Day on the beachfront of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro in the presence of over 3 million people.

Please find the full text of his homily below:

Brother Bishops and Priests,
Dear Young Friends,

“Go and make disciples of all nations”. With these words, Jesus is speaking to each one of us, saying: “It was wonderful to take part in World Youth Day, to live the faith together with young people from the four corners of the earth, but now you must go, now you must pass on this experience to others.” Jesus is calling you to be a disciple with a mission! Today, in the light of the word of God that we have heard, what is the Lord saying to us? Three simple ideas: Go, do not be afraid, and serve.

1. Go. During these days here in Rio, you have been able to enjoy the wonderful experience of meeting Jesus, meeting him together with others, and you have sensed the joy of faith. But the experience of this encounter must not remain locked up in your life or in the small group of your parish, your movement, or your community. That would be like withholding oxygen from a flame that was burning strongly. Faith is a flame that grows stronger the more it is shared and passed on, so that everyone may know, love and confess Jesus Christ, the Lord of life and history (cf. Rom 10:9).

Careful, though! Jesus did not say: “if you would like to, if you have the time”, but: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Sharing the experience of faith, bearing witness to the faith, proclaiming the Gospel: this is a command that the Lord entrusts to the whole Church, and that includes you; but it is a command that is born not from a desire for domination or power but from the force of love, from the fact that Jesus first came into our midst and gave us, not a part of himself, but the whole of himself, he gave his life in order to save us and to show us the love and mercy of God. Jesus does not treat us as slaves, but as free men, as friends, as brothers and sisters; and he not only sends us, he accompanies us, he is always beside us in our mission of love
 
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« Reply #446 on: July 28, 2013, 11:08:53 AM »

Photos at the link

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/28/pope-to-millions-gathered-fear-not/

July 28th, 2013
10:17 AM ET
Pope to millions gathered: Fear not

Rio de Janeiro (CNN)–Pope Francis closed out World Youth Day with a final Mass before a giant crowd on Copacabana beach of millions.

"Go, do not be afraid, and serve," the Pope told the crowd Sunday.

Catholic pilgrims from around the world traveled to Brazil for the weeklong celebration and a chance to see the pontiff, whose visit was a shot in the arm for a church that has seen its share of scandal and troubles.

Massive crowds followed Francis at every stop on the trip. Organizers and local officials said 1.5 million people came out for the Way of the Cross observance on Friday. The mayor's office in Rio said final estimates for a prayer vigil on Saturday could reach up to 3 million. On Sunday, the Vatican citing civil authorizes put the crowd for the final Mass over 3 million.
 
At the conclusion of the service the pope announced, "We have an appointment for the next World Youth Day in 2016 in Krakow, Poland."

Pope John Paul II was the bishop of Krakow. This month, Francis signed off on a second miracle for the long serving and popular pope, allowing the church to declare him a saint. A formal date for the canonization has yet to be announced.

The pope concludes his first international trip on Sunday and returns to the Vatican.
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« Reply #447 on: July 28, 2013, 11:30:28 AM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/28/pope_francis:_next_wyd_in_krak%C3%B2w,_poland_2016/en1-714684

2013-07-28 17:14:53
Pope Francis: Next WYD in Krakòw, Poland 2016

(Vatican Radio) It’s official: the next venue for World Youth Day celebrations will be Krakòw, Poland. Pope Francis made the announcement in Rio de Janeiro Sunday, the final day of his week-long pastoral visit to Brazil for WYD 2013.

Tracey McClure reports: RealAudioMP3

Speaking ahead of reciting the Angelus prayer with the faithful gathered in Rio, Pope Francis invoked the intercession of the Virgin Mary in preparation for Krakòw, asking “for the light of the Holy Spirit upon the journey that will lead us to this next stage in our joyful celebration of faith and the love of Christ.”

The decision to hold World Youth Day in Poland’s second largest city will come as no surprise to many. Blessed Pope John Paul II, a Pole who led the Archdiocese of Krakòw for some 15 years and the Universal Church for nearly 27, is soon to be canonized, becoming one of the country’s newest saints.

Not long before departing for WYD in Brazil, on July 4, 2013, Pope Francis confirmed his approval of Karol Wojtyla’s canonization, in a process initiated in 2005 under the pontificate of Benedict XVI.

The Polish pontiff will be canonized together with Pope John XXIII in a special mass expected to take place before the end of 2013.

Hundreds of thousands of Poles came to Rome to mourn their beloved pope in April 2005 after John Paul II’s death. They credit him with the downfall of the former communist regime and the resurgence of Poland’s Catholic identity.
 
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« Reply #448 on: July 28, 2013, 11:34:17 AM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/28/polish_cardinal_rejoices_over_decision_to_hold_wyd_2016_in_krakow/en1-714722

2013-07-28 17:16:56
Polish Cardinal rejoices over decision to hold WYD 2016 in Krakow

(Vatican Radio) The Metropolitan Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz has welcomed Pope Francis’ decision to hold the next World Youth Day celebrations in his city in 2016.

In a statement from Rio de Janeiro where Blessed Pope John Paul II’s former secretary is currently attending this year’s WYD celebrations, Cardinal Dziwisz says he and the whole Church in Poland "rejoice” in the Holy Father’s acceptance of their invitation especially because 2016 will mark the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland. He also attributes to John Paul II the institution of World Youth Days.
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Below, we publish the text of Cardinal Dziwisz’s statement:
 
It is with great joy that I received the message announced today by Pope Francis that the next World Youth Day will take place in Poland in the year 2016. It is a joy, an honour and a great responsability for us. In that year we will also celebrate the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland.
 
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« Reply #449 on: July 28, 2013, 05:00:10 PM »

Also showing, after meeting with volunteers, his departure from Rio--on YouTube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcaTi24MbGs

Departure from Rio de Janeiro
Scheduled for Jul 28, 2013 
Before leaving Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis greets the 15.000 young volunteers who have helped their coetaneous during the 28th WYD. The meeting takes place in the Congress Center of the city of Rio (5.15pm - 6.00 pm local time)
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« Reply #450 on: July 28, 2013, 05:26:42 PM »




THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 10:9
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.


It is Finished

There's a line that is drawn through the ages
On that line stands an old rugged cross
On that cross, a battle is raging
To gain a man's soul or it's loss
On one side, march the forces of evil
All the demons, all the devils of hell
On the other, the angels of glory
And they meet on Golgotha's hill
The earth shakes with the force of the conflict
And the sun refuses to shine
For there hangs God's Son, in the balance
And then through the darkness He cries

It is finished, the battle is over
It is finished, there'll be no more war
It is finished, the end of the conflict
It is finished and Jesus is Lord

Yet in my heart, the battle was still raging
Not all prisoners of war had come home
These were battlefields of my own making
I didn't know that the war had been won
Oh, but then I heard the King of the ages
Had fought all the battles for me
And that victory was mine for the claiming
And now praise His name, I am free.

Bill And Gloria Gaither
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« Reply #451 on: July 28, 2013, 06:59:41 PM »

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« Reply #452 on: July 28, 2013, 07:08:07 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/28/pope_francis:_address_to_celam_leadership_/en1-714819

2013-07-28 22:06:43
Pope Francis: address to CELAM leadership

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with the leadership of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean, CELAM, which is holding its general coordinating meeting this week. The meeting was one of two appointments expressly desired by the Holy Father outside the context of World Youth Day, during his week-long visit to Rio for the World Youth Day celebrations. The first was a visit to the Marian shrine at Aparecida.

It was in Aparecida in 2007 that the CELAM bishops held their 5th General Conference, which produced a major three-part document outlining a plan for assessment of the situation of the Church in Latin America and implementing pastoral strategies to renew and revitalize the faith in the region. In his remarks to the CELAM leadership, Pope Francis said that the desired renewal is already underway in many particular Churches. His prepared address focused on the legacy of CELAM 5.

Please find the full text of Pope Francis’ prepared remarks, below:

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Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to Brazil
Address to the Leadership of the Episcopal Conferences of Latin America
during the General Coordination Meeting
Rio de Janeiro – 28 July 2013
 
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« Reply #453 on: July 28, 2013, 07:12:20 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/29/pope_to_wyd_volunteers:_may_you_always_be_generous/en1-714816

2013-07-29 00:49:17
Pope to WYD volunteers: May you always be generous



(Vatican Radio) In one of his final engagements in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis met Sunday with hundreds of volunteers who had helped make World Youth Day 2013 a tremendous success.

Thanking them for their tireless efforts, he said, “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’.”

The Holy Father tied the volunteers’ service to the theme of World Youth Day. “Every one of you,” he said, “each in his or her own way, was a means enabling thousands of young people to ‘prepare the way’ to meet Jesus. And this is the most beautiful service we can give as missionary disciples.” He called on them to continue to “be generous with God and with others.”

Turning to the theme of vocations, Pope Francis said, “God calls you to make definitive choices, and He has a plan for each of you.” Some, he said, are called to marriage. Although many people consider marriage unfashionable, the Pope asked the young people “to be revolutionaries, to swim against the tide.” “Yes,” he continued, “I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that you are incapable of responsibility, that you are incapable of true love. I have confidence in you and I pray for you. Have the courage ‘to swim against the tide’. Have the courage to be happy.”

Pope Francis spoke too about the call to priesthood and religious life. “I will never forget the day, 21 September – I was 17 years old – when, after stopping in the Church of San José de Flores to go to Confession, I first heard God calling me.” He told the young people “Do not be afraid of what God asks of you! It is worth saying ‘yes’ to God.”

Finally, the Holy Father spoke to those who do not know yet what they are called to do. “Ask the Lord,” he said, “and He will show you the way.”

Pope Francis concluded his remarks by once again thanking the volunteers for all they had done. “You can always count on my prayers,” he said, “and I know that I can count on yours.”

Read the full text of Pope Francis’ remarks to the World Youth Day volunteers:
 
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« Reply #454 on: July 28, 2013, 07:17:32 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/29/pope_francis_farewell:_i_will_always_place_my_hopes_in_young/en1-714828

2013-07-29 00:43:26
Pope Francis' farewell: "I will always place my hopes in young people"



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday evening delivered his goodbye speech to all those present at Rio de Janeiro’s Galeao Airport gathered to see him on his way and to say “farewell”.

Brazilian President Dilma Roussef headed the delegation of political and civil authorities together with a numerous contingent of Cardinals and Bishops of the nation.

In his address, Pope Francis thanked the President, his brother Bishops and their collaborators, and the entire population of Brazil for making this week “a splendid celebration of the richness and joy of our faith in Jesus Christ”.

And he expressed his gratitude for the work of event organizers and media operators. And in particular he said his “gratitude goes to the many people who prayed, often in silence and simplicity for this World Youth Day to be an authentic experience of growth in faith”.

But above all – Pope Francis said – “my thoughts turn to those who are at the heart of these celebrations: the young people!” . “Many of you came here as disciples” – he continued – “I have no doubt that all of you will leave as missionaries”.

And he urged them to help build a civilization of love: “Show, by your life, that it is worth giving your time and talents in order to attain high ideals, it is worth recognizing the dignity of each human person, and it is worth taking risks for Christ and the Gospel”.

“I will always place my hopes in the young people of Brazil” – Pope Francis said – “and in the young around the world: through them, Christ is preparing a new springtime all over the earth”.

The Pope concluded his farewell speech turning his thoughts to Our Lady of Aparecida and imploring Mary to strengthen all Brazilians in the Christian faith.

Please find below the full text of the Pope's discourse at the Farewell Ceremony:
 
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« Reply #455 on: July 29, 2013, 12:08:00 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/29/vatican_financial_authority_signs_agreement_with_italy/en1-714977

2013-07-29 12:58:12
Vatican financial authority signs agreement with Italy

(Vatican Radio) L’Autorità Informazione Finanziaria (AIF), the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Holy See and Vatican City State, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its Italian counterpart, the Unità di Informazione Finanziaria (UIF) of the Bank of Italy, on July 26.

The Memorandum was signed in Rome by Cardinal Attilio Nicora, President of AIF, and Dr. Claudio Clemente, director of UIF.

A Memorandum of Understanding is standard practice and formalizes the cooperation and exchange of financial information to fight money laundering and terrorist financing across borders between the competent authorities of both countries. It is based on the model Memorandum of Understanding prepared by the Egmont Group, the global organization of national Financial Intelligence Units, and contains clauses on reciprocity, permitted uses of information and confidentiality.
 
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« Reply #456 on: July 29, 2013, 12:14:08 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/29/pope_lands_safely_in_rome;_visits_st_mary_major/en1-715020

2013-07-29 11:38:19
Pope lands safely in Rome; visits St Mary Major

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis landed at Rome’s Ciampino airport this morning, marking his return from World Youth Day 2013.

The 12-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro marks the end of Pope Francis’ first overseas Apostolic Voyage.

The weeklong youth event ended Sunday with Mass on Rio’s famous Copacabana beach, an liturgy attended by approximately three million people.

After his arrival at Ciampino airport, the Holy Father chose to stop at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major to offer a brief prayer to the Blessed Virgin for World Youth Day.
 
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« Reply #457 on: July 29, 2013, 12:22:54 PM »

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130729/NEWS02/707299934

Published: Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:03 a.m.
Pope Francis says he won't judge gay priests


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Pope Francis answers reporters' questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on its way back from Brazil on Monday
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ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT -- Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he won't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference Monday as he returned from his first foreign trip.

"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked. "We shouldn't marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society."

Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 that said men who had deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. Francis was much more conciliatory in his first news conference as pope, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.

The comments did not signal any change in church policy. Catholic teaching still holds that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered." But they indicated a shift in tone under Francis' young papacy and an emphasis on a church that is more inclusive and merciful rather than critical and disciplinary.

Francis also said he wanted a greater role for women in the church, though he insisted that they cannot become priests.

He was funny and candid during the 82 minutes he spent with journalists on board the plane returning from Brazil. He didn't dodge a single question, and even thanked the journalist who raised allegations contained in an Italian news magazine that one of his trusted monsignors was involved in a gay tryst.

Francis said he investigated the allegations according to canon law and found nothing to back them up.
 
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« Reply #458 on: July 29, 2013, 12:28:02 PM »

http://www.jconline.com/usatoday/article/2595365

Pope: Door 'closed' on women priests
Jul. 29, 2013 9:01 AM

Pope Francis reiterated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests, saying the decision is "definitive" although he would lik women to have more leadership roles in administrative and pastoral activities.

Speaking to reporters Sunday night while flying home from a week-long visit to Brazil, Pope Francis said "the Church has spoken and says no â?¦ that door is closed."

It was the first time Francis - elected the first non-European pope in 1,300 years - had spoken publicly on women in the priesthood. He said women have a special mission in the Church as "first witnesses" of Christ's resurrection.

The Roman Catholic Church's all-male priesthood has been under attack for years, particular;y as Protestant denominations have begun ordaining women.
 
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« Reply #459 on: July 29, 2013, 12:37:33 PM »

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-29/pope-francis-says-gay-tendencies-not-the-problem-in-vatican.html

Pope Francis Says Gay Tendencies Not the Problem in Vatican
Jul 29, 2013 8:58 AM CT

Pope Francis said he finds nothing objectionable about homosexual impulses and urged gay members of the clergy to follow their mission and eschew lobbying within the Church.

“The problem isn’t having this tendency,” Francis told reporters on his flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome, according to video broadcast today on SkyTG24. “The problem is having political lobbies.”
 
 
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