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World Youth Day participants hope to build peaceful future

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 12:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Journalists from across the world heard stories of faith and determination from young people attending World Youth Day 2013 in the hopes of working for a more just and peaceful society.

Archbishop Orani João Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro explained that Pope Francis arrives in Brazil today bearing the hope of “all those who want to build a better world.”

The archbishop welcomed the nearly 6,000 journalists from more than 60 countries who are in Brazil to cover the Papal events.

At a July 22 event to open the international Media Center in Copacabana, Archbishop Tempesta described the Pope as a spiritual leader “who left Latin America and now returns as the ‘first pilgrim’ of World Youth Day.”

While acknowledging difficulties in the country, the archbishop said the gathering of young people and the Holy Father gives him hope.

“We have our problems and there are protests, but we believe the beauty, energy and the hope of so many young people from across the world will help to build a world of greater peace and justice,” he said.

Eduardo Paes, mayor of Rio de Janeiro, said that city officials “see this visit as a great opportunity to better confront the challenges facing Rio.”

“This is a young, growing, diverse city which is looking to be better integrated,” he explained. “This visit, and the dialogue that Pope Francis will have with the people of Rio, will help us greatly.”

Several young people from around the world told their stories of travelling to World Youth Day. Syrian engineer Bashar Khoury, 29, hopes that he can use social media to proclaim a message of peace to those in Damascus.

“What I want to do, as a member of the social media team, is to transmit to the Arab world an authentic image of Christianity and our faith,” he said.

Crespim Mabuluco Stephen came from Mozambique to attend the international event. After taking part in World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, he said, “I wanted to re-live the experience.”

The 24-year-old explained that he asked his employer “to pay my salary a year and a half in advance to cover the costs of the trip.”

Alberto Pérez spent two months walking from Resistencia Chaco, Argentina, to Rio de Janeiro, documenting the journey on Facebook. 

“I felt deep within the need to do something that really was really useful,” the 27-year-old pilgrim reflected.

Pérez also used the opportunity to pray for a heart donation for a two-year-old in Argentina named Renzo.

“The Lord answered my prayer,” he said. “Now I ask that I and other young people in Rio go back home with new hearts.”

Elsa Vázquez said that she came from Mexico to volunteer on the World Youth Day organizing committee for the second time.

 Vázquez previously volunteered at the event in Sydney, Australia, and found that it made a deep impression on her.

“There is nothing like it in the world that brings together young people to give them a message of peace and hope,” she said.

“Many people think I’ve given up everything for the Church, but in fact through the Church I’ve been given everything,” she continued, explaining that she even met her husband through World Youth Day.

“When you give yourself wholly to God, He can act in us,” she stressed.

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World Youth Day participants hope to build peaceful future

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 12:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Journalists from across the world heard stories of faith and determination from young people attending World Youth Day 2013 in the hopes of working for a more just and peaceful society.

Archbishop Orani João Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro explained that Pope Francis arrives in Brazil today bearing the hope of “all those who want to build a better world.”

The archbishop welcomed the nearly 6,000 journalists from more than 60 countries who are in Brazil to cover the Papal events.

At a July 22 event to open the international Media Center in Copacabana, Archbishop Tempesta described the Pope as a spiritual leader “who left Latin America and now returns as the ‘first pilgrim’ of World Youth Day.”

While acknowledging difficulties in the country, the archbishop said the gathering of young people and the Holy Father gives him hope.

“We have our problems and there are protests, but we believe the beauty, energy and the hope of so many young people from across the world will help to build a world of greater peace and justice,” he said.

Eduardo Paes, mayor of Rio de Janeiro, said that city officials “see this visit as a great opportunity to better confront the challenges facing Rio.”

“This is a young, growing, diverse city which is looking to be better integrated,” he explained. “This visit, and the dialogue that Pope Francis will have with the people of Rio, will help us greatly.”

Several young people from around the world told their stories of travelling to World Youth Day. Syrian engineer Bashar Khoury, 29, hopes that he can use social media to proclaim a message of peace to those in Damascus.

“What I want to do, as a member of the social media team, is to transmit to the Arab world an authentic image of Christianity and our faith,” he said.

Crespim Mabuluco Stephen came from Mozambique to attend the international event. After taking part in World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, he said, “I wanted to re-live the experience.”

The 24-year-old explained that he asked his employer “to pay my salary a year and a half in advance to cover the costs of the trip.”

Alberto Pérez spent two months walking from Resistencia Chaco, Argentina, to Rio de Janeiro, documenting the journey on Facebook. 

“I felt deep within the need to do something that really was really useful,” the 27-year-old pilgrim reflected.

Pérez also used the opportunity to pray for a heart donation for a two-year-old in Argentina named Renzo.

“The Lord answered my prayer,” he said. “Now I ask that I and other young people in Rio go back home with new hearts.”

Elsa Vázquez said that she came from Mexico to volunteer on the World Youth Day organizing committee for the second time.

 Vázquez previously volunteered at the event in Sydney, Australia, and found that it made a deep impression on her.

“There is nothing like it in the world that brings together young people to give them a message of peace and hope,” she said.

“Many people think I’ve given up everything for the Church, but in fact through the Church I’ve been given everything,” she continued, explaining that she even met her husband through World Youth Day.

“When you give yourself wholly to God, He can act in us,” she stressed.

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Impoverished youth will give Marian image to Brazilian slum

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jul 22, 2013 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of 67 young people from the slums in Buenos Aires heading to Brazil for World Youth Day will leave an image of Our Lady of Lujan as a gift to the youth in the slums in Rio de Janeiro.

The Argentine young people live in slums often visited by then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, thus sharing a unique fraternal encounter with residents in the Varginha slum, or “favela,” in Rio, which Pope Francis will visit July 25.

Father Mario Micelli, the Buenos Aires archdiocesan delegate for World Youth Day, said he did not know if the young people would be able to get close to the Pope, as “everything depends on security officials and on the facilities that organizers provide for us.”

The image of Our Lady of Lujan – the patroness of Argentina – will be brought to Rio by Fr. Hernan Morelli, parochial vicar of Holy Mary Mother of the People. In preparation for the trip, he brought the image to various parish communities for veneration by the faithful, who were invited to leave their prayer intentions, which he said he would try to deliver to the Pope.

Two other images of Our Lady of Lujan will be taken to Brazil.

One is for the Sumare residence, where Pope Francis will stay. The Holy Father will be asked to bless the image before it is taken back to Buenos Aires where it will be venerated in numerous parishes, as well as other dioceses in Brazil.

The other image will be taken to the Cathedral of Saint Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro for the Mass Pope Francis will celebrate there July 27. It will be left there as a gift to the Archdiocese of Rio.

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Impoverished youth will give Marian image to Brazilian slum

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jul 22, 2013 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of 67 young people from the slums in Buenos Aires heading to Brazil for World Youth Day will leave an image of Our Lady of Lujan as a gift to the youth in the slums in Rio de Janeiro.

The Argentine young people live in slums often visited by then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, thus sharing a unique fraternal encounter with residents in the Varginha slum, or “favela,” in Rio, which Pope Francis will visit July 25.

Father Mario Micelli, the Buenos Aires archdiocesan delegate for World Youth Day, said he did not know if the young people would be able to get close to the Pope, as “everything depends on security officials and on the facilities that organizers provide for us.”

The image of Our Lady of Lujan – the patroness of Argentina – will be brought to Rio by Fr. Hernan Morelli, parochial vicar of Holy Mary Mother of the People. In preparation for the trip, he brought the image to various parish communities for veneration by the faithful, who were invited to leave their prayer intentions, which he said he would try to deliver to the Pope.

Two other images of Our Lady of Lujan will be taken to Brazil.

One is for the Sumare residence, where Pope Francis will stay. The Holy Father will be asked to bless the image before it is taken back to Buenos Aires where it will be venerated in numerous parishes, as well as other dioceses in Brazil.

The other image will be taken to the Cathedral of Saint Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro for the Mass Pope Francis will celebrate there July 27. It will be left there as a gift to the Archdiocese of Rio.

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Impoverished youth will give Marian image to Brazilian slum

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jul 22, 2013 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of 67 young people from the slums in Buenos Aires heading to Brazil for World Youth Day will leave an image of Our Lady of Lujan as a gift to the youth in the slums in Rio de Janeiro.

The Argentine young people live in slums often visited by then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, thus sharing a unique fraternal encounter with residents in the Varginha slum, or “favela,” in Rio, which Pope Francis will visit July 25.

Father Mario Micelli, the Buenos Aires archdiocesan delegate for World Youth Day, said he did not know if the young people would be able to get close to the Pope, as “everything depends on security officials and on the facilities that organizers provide for us.”

The image of Our Lady of Lujan – the patroness of Argentina – will be brought to Rio by Fr. Hernan Morelli, parochial vicar of Holy Mary Mother of the People. In preparation for the trip, he brought the image to various parish communities for veneration by the faithful, who were invited to leave their prayer intentions, which he said he would try to deliver to the Pope.

Two other images of Our Lady of Lujan will be taken to Brazil.

One is for the Sumare residence, where Pope Francis will stay. The Holy Father will be asked to bless the image before it is taken back to Buenos Aires where it will be venerated in numerous parishes, as well as other dioceses in Brazil.

The other image will be taken to the Cathedral of Saint Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro for the Mass Pope Francis will celebrate there July 27. It will be left there as a gift to the Archdiocese of Rio.

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Rio archbishop: World Youth Day shows young people's thirst for God

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the official start of World Youth Day nears, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro reflected on the event as a sign that young people always look for God in order to serve him.

The festive atmosphere created by thousands of youth coming to Rio de Janeiro from other cities in Brazil and around the world, shows the world that the youth are “animated by Christ, walking with Christ, seeking God, to serve God, to bring the brothers to Life,” the archbishop told CNA.

Archbishop Orani spoke at the Parish of the Resurrection in the Ipanema area of Rio de Janiero on July 21. The Mass began at 5:00 p.m. and was con-celebrated by about 15 priests from the city.

The archbishop voiced enthusiasm over the global youth event as he presided over the Mass in the presence of the World Youth Day Cross and the icon of Our Lady of the World Youth Days – both of which travel to each World Youth Day event around the world. As the cross entered the church, pilgrims sang the official World Youth Day song.

“Young people are excited, happy, to welcome the Holy Father and live with him in these beautiful moments,” the archbishop said of young people's anticipation of Pope Francis' arrival in Rio de Janiero on Monday.

Amid chants, prayers and praises, Archbishop Orani used the Mass to encourage the teens present to participate actively and with joy. He also specifically thanked the Shalom movement and the Charismatic Renewal, and blessed various objects presented to him by pilgrims.

The youth who came to the Parish of the Resurrection did so on foot, singing and praying. As they walked, the pilgrims chanted “Esta es la juventud del Papa!” or “This is the youth of the Pope!” – among other slogans.

World Youth Day will take place in Rio from July 23 - 28, during which Pope Francis will be staying in a modest residency, visiting a slum and traveling without his popemobile.

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Rio archbishop: World Youth Day shows young people's thirst for God

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the official start of World Youth Day nears, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro reflected on the event as a sign that young people always look for God in order to serve him.

The festive atmosphere created by thousands of youth coming to Rio de Janeiro from other cities in Brazil and around the world, shows the world that the youth are “animated by Christ, walking with Christ, seeking God, to serve God, to bring the brothers to Life,” the archbishop told CNA.

Archbishop Orani spoke at the Parish of the Resurrection in the Ipanema area of Rio de Janiero on July 21. The Mass began at 5:00 p.m. and was con-celebrated by about 15 priests from the city.

The archbishop voiced enthusiasm over the global youth event as he presided over the Mass in the presence of the World Youth Day Cross and the icon of Our Lady of the World Youth Days – both of which travel to each World Youth Day event around the world. As the cross entered the church, pilgrims sang the official World Youth Day song.

“Young people are excited, happy, to welcome the Holy Father and live with him in these beautiful moments,” the archbishop said of young people's anticipation of Pope Francis' arrival in Rio de Janiero on Monday.

Amid chants, prayers and praises, Archbishop Orani used the Mass to encourage the teens present to participate actively and with joy. He also specifically thanked the Shalom movement and the Charismatic Renewal, and blessed various objects presented to him by pilgrims.

The youth who came to the Parish of the Resurrection did so on foot, singing and praying. As they walked, the pilgrims chanted “Esta es la juventud del Papa!” or “This is the youth of the Pope!” – among other slogans.

World Youth Day will take place in Rio from July 23 - 28, during which Pope Francis will be staying in a modest residency, visiting a slum and traveling without his popemobile.

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Rio archbishop: World Youth Day shows young people's thirst for God

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the official start of World Youth Day nears, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro reflected on the event as a sign that young people always look for God in order to serve him.

The festive atmosphere created by thousands of youth coming to Rio de Janeiro from other cities in Brazil and around the world, shows the world that the youth are “animated by Christ, walking with Christ, seeking God, to serve God, to bring the brothers to Life,” the archbishop told CNA.

Archbishop Orani spoke at the Parish of the Resurrection in the Ipanema area of Rio de Janiero on July 21. The Mass began at 5:00 p.m. and was con-celebrated by about 15 priests from the city.

The archbishop voiced enthusiasm over the global youth event as he presided over the Mass in the presence of the World Youth Day Cross and the icon of Our Lady of the World Youth Days – both of which travel to each World Youth Day event around the world. As the cross entered the church, pilgrims sang the official World Youth Day song.

“Young people are excited, happy, to welcome the Holy Father and live with him in these beautiful moments,” the archbishop said of young people's anticipation of Pope Francis' arrival in Rio de Janiero on Monday.

Amid chants, prayers and praises, Archbishop Orani used the Mass to encourage the teens present to participate actively and with joy. He also specifically thanked the Shalom movement and the Charismatic Renewal, and blessed various objects presented to him by pilgrims.

The youth who came to the Parish of the Resurrection did so on foot, singing and praying. As they walked, the pilgrims chanted “Esta es la juventud del Papa!” or “This is the youth of the Pope!” – among other slogans.

World Youth Day will take place in Rio from July 23 - 28, during which Pope Francis will be staying in a modest residency, visiting a slum and traveling without his popemobile.

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Lourdes officially records 69th miracle

Lourdes, France, Jul 22, 2013 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The famous Marian shrine in Lourdes, France has received an official declaration from the Bishop of Pavia, Italy stating that the 69th miracle has taken place there.

"I have the joy of reporting to everyone my healing, which just a few days ago was approved as a miracle by my bishop, which is a beautiful thing,” said Mrs. Danila Castelli, who experienced the miracle on May 4, 1989 after visiting the baths in Lourdes.

Castelli said in an interview posted July 18, 2013 on the Lourdes Sanctuary’s YouTube channel that she wants to “thank Our Lady for all of the joy I've received, not just the joy of a healed body - which is also important because health is a gift of God and we have to protect it and ask for it, life is a gift - but the joy that Our Lord has given me throughout my entire life for as long as I can remember.”

Life was fairly normal for Castelli until she suddenly started experiencing high blood pressure at the age of 34. At first, doctors could not determine the cause of her severe spikes in blood pressure and after an ultrasound in 1982 she had a hysterectomy and annexectomy to remove fibrous masses.

However, her condition did not improve, and in Nov. 1982 surgeons removed part of her pancreas. It wasn’t until 1983 that doctors discovered a tumor near her bladder and conducted several surgeries between then and 1988 to try and resolve the issue, all without success.

Danila was planning on visiting the Mayo Clinic in the United States in 1988 when she decided that she would instead make a pilgrimage to Lourdes, fulfilling a longstanding desire.

Together with her husband, an Iranian-born doctor, she made the trek and emerged from the sacred baths with an “an extraordinary feeling of wellbeing.”

Her husband waited for her at the exit, and as soon as he saw her he said, “Danila, I know that everything now has passed. I know that everything is behind us.
 
“You were right,” he said, referring to her years-long desire to visit Lourdes.

She reported her allegedly miraculous cure to the Lourdes Office of Medical Observations a short time later, beginning the 23-year process that culminated in the June 20, 2013 declaration by Bishop Giovanni Guidici of Pavia that the healing was “prodigious-miraculous” in character.

An official from the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints' Causes who requested anonymity explained in a July 22 conversation with CNA how the process works.

"When a miracle is recognized by the Medical Bureau of the Sanctuary of Lourdes, the paperwork is sent back to the diocese of origin. When recognized by the local bishop, it is recognized officially by the Church as a miracle through the intercession of Our Lady," he said.

Before making its finding that the event was miraculous, the Lourdes medical bureau met five separate times between 1989 and 2010.

Doctor Alessandro de Franciscis, head of the medical bureau, explained that at its final meeting in 2010, more than 100 doctors and nurses --with one abstention-- approved the cure as miraculous after a “lengthy” and “very passionate” discussion.

“This lady was judged, indeed certified cured in a way unexplained by current medical scientific knowledge,” Dr. de Franciscis stated.

Throughout the years since Mary first appeared to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 at the Lourdes grotto, the shrine has investigated over 7,000 cases of reported miracles. Since then, 69 have received the official approval of a bishop, with the majority of them coming from France.

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Lourdes shrine officially records 69th miracle

Lourdes, France, Jul 22, 2013 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The famous Marian shrine in Lourdes, France has received an official declaration from the Bishop of Pavia, Italy stating that the 69th miracle has taken place there.

"I have the joy of reporting to everyone my healing, which just a few days ago was approved as a miracle by my bishop, which is a beautiful thing,” said Mrs. Danila Castelli, who experienced the miracle on May 4, 1989 after visiting the baths in Lourdes.

Castelli said in an interview posted July 18, 2013 on the Lourdes Sanctuary’s YouTube channel that she wants to “thank Our Lady for all of the joy I've received, not just the joy of a healed body - which is also important because health is a gift of God and we have to protect it and ask for it, life is a gift - but the joy that Our Lord has given me throughout my entire life for as long as I can remember.”

Life was fairly normal for Castelli until she suddenly started experiencing high blood pressure at the age of 34. At first, doctors could not determine the cause of her severe spikes in blood pressure and after an ultrasound in 1982 she had a hysterectomy and annexectomy to remove fibrous masses.

However, her condition did not improve, and in Nov. 1982 surgeons removed part of her pancreas. It wasn’t until 1983 that doctors discovered a tumor near her bladder and conducted several surgeries between then and 1988 to try and resolve the issue, all without success.

Danila was planning on visiting the Mayo Clinic in the United States in 1988 when she decided that she would instead make a pilgrimage to Lourdes, fulfilling a longstanding desire.

Together with her husband, an Iranian-born doctor, she made the trek and emerged from the sacred baths with an “an extraordinary feeling of wellbeing.”

Her husband waited for her at the exit, and as soon as he saw her he said, “Danila, I know that everything now has passed. I know that everything is behind us.
 
“You were right,” he said, referring to her years-long desire to visit Lourdes.

She reported her allegedly miraculous cure to the Lourdes Office of Medical Observations a short time later, beginning the 23-year process that culminated in the June 20, 2013 declaration by Bishop Giovanni Guidici of Pavia that the healing was “prodigious-miraculous” in character.

An official from the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints' Causes who requested anonymity explained in a July 22 conversation with CNA how the process works.

"When a miracle is recognized by the Medical Bureau of the Sanctuary of Lourdes, the paperwork is sent back to the diocese of origin. When recognized by the local bishop, it is recognized officially by the Church as a miracle through the intercession of Our Lady," he said.

Before making its finding that the event was miraculous, the Lourdes medical bureau met five separate times between 1989 and 2010.

Doctor Alessandro de Franciscis, head of the medical bureau, explained that at its final meeting in 2010, more than 100 doctors and nurses --with one abstention-- approved the cure as miraculous after a “lengthy” and “very passionate” discussion.

“This lady was judged, indeed certified cured in a way unexplained by current medical scientific knowledge,” Dr. de Franciscis stated.

Throughout the years since Mary first appeared to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 at the Lourdes grotto, the shrine has investigated over 7,000 cases of reported miracles. Since then, 69 have received the official approval of a bishop, with the majority of them coming from France.

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