Friday, July 26, 2013

The faith is strong in Rio!


Pope Francis blesses a child on Thursday (CNS photo)
Rio has welcomed Pope Francis and his flock with open arms, and amazing things are happening.

Keep up with coverage by bookmarking our Pope Francis news page. Links to video, radio reports, news stories, blogs posts and pictures can be found here.

Of course you can catch live-streaming of events -- EWTN has TV coverage, and online you can watch on WYDCentral or on Rome Reports.

On Twitter, be sure to follow the hashtags #WYD and #Rio2013. There are daily hashtags too -- #JMJ is Friday's. Follow @wyd_en for the official feed. Follow @OSV and @SouthrnCatholic for on-the-spot reporting from Stephen Lenahan, our Rio correspondent. He's on Instagram, so follow him for some great pictures: Slenahan.

Pray and download the official World Youth Day Prayer here.

Be sure to check the OSV Daily Take blog -- Stephen is posting from Rio. Today, he talks about being 'front row with Pope Francis':
Four hours for seven seconds … We waited four hours for seven seconds with the successor of St. Peter! And it was totally worth it. Thursday in Rio was the day we have all been waiting for — our first chance to see the first pope from the Americas.

We were able to get in the front row because we saw federal police setting up barricades after dinner on Wednesday night. They were putting them up at the end of the street where our hotel is located, between Copacabana and Ipanema. Not knowing any Portuguese, I used sign language and the one universal word that is the same in every language, "Papa Mobile," to ask if this was the route for Pope Francis. The police told me not only was it the route, but that the pontiff would begin his journey from the fort at the end of the beach, which is only 200 yards from the door of our hotel. To say we were excited was an understatement. Read the entire post here.

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