RIO DE JANEIRO (RNS) On March 15, Fabio Mateus packed a rucksack with a spare pair of sneakers, a raincoat, a hammock and $20 in his pocket, and started walking. Pilgrimages are a Brazilian tradition, built on a belief that to deepen religious experience a person must make sacrifices and suffer a degree of pain.
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Though beset by heavy rain and chilly temperatures that forced last-minute venue changes and compelled many to wear winter clothes, the weather did nothing to dampen participants’ enthusiasm for Pope Francis.
(RNS) Francis is in Brazil for World Youth Day, an international gathering of young Catholics initiated by Pope John Paul II. He said aboard his plane that he’s concerned about the plight of young people, especially those growing up jobless and isolated in a poor economy.
(RNS) World Youth Day is more than just a Catholic vacation. It is a pilgrimage, one that requires a joyful spirit, an open heart, and a desire to deepen and develop your faith.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Brazil will encounter a pope unlike any in the church’s modern history, and Francis will find a church in crisis in the world’s most populous Catholic nation.