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Pope Francis broke down in tears while consoling the grieving mother of a 24-year-old Italian World Youth Day pilgrim who died on August 11, just a few days after the event. Source: The Tablet.
Reflecting on his apostolic journey to Portugal for World Youth Day in Lisbon, Pope Francis praised the event as a moment to meet Christ, discover faith and experience God’s love. Source: Vatican News.
Pope Francis said on Sunday he ditched speeches during his five-day trip to Portugal and spoke off-the-cuff not because he was tired or feeling unwell, but to better communicate with young people. Source: Sight Magazine.
A visually impaired 16-year-old girl from Spain says that she is now able to see after receiving Communion in Fatima on Saturday, the day of the Pope’s visit to the Marian shrine in Portugal. Source: Aleteia.
To end World Youth Day 2023, Pope Francis told 1.5 million weary-eyed and sleep-deprived young people in Lisbon not to let their “great dreams” of changing the world be “stopped by fear”. Source: CNS.
At Pope Francis’ first official World Youth Day event in Portugal, he told the 500,000 young people that their presence was no accident and that God has called each one by name. Source: CNA.
I can honestly say the experience of World Youth Day Sydney in 2008 changed the course of my life, writes Monica Doumit. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Pope Francis arrived in Lisbon yesterday for the World Youth Day festival with a blunt message for European leaders: invest in young people rather than weapons. Source: NCR Online.