After yesterday’s Angelus Pope Francis asked the faithful “to accompany me spiritually in prayer” as he begins his first apostolic journey to Brazil today.
The Pope made a surprise visit to the Basilica of St Mary Major on Saturday to pray for pilgrims attending this week’s World Youth Day in Rio (video).
Vietnamese officials reportedly prevented a key witness in the Cause of Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân from travelling to Rome earlier this month.
Robert Moynihan argues that the so-called Ricca case represents “a critical juncture in the new pontificate“.
David Byrne suggests that the Crusades led to the “intellectual revitalisation” of western Europe.
And NPR talks to a young recent convert to Catholicism about why she is travelling to World Youth Day (audio).
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