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Pope Francis blesses family as he celebrates closing Mass of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro

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Go out and spread the Good News, Holy Father tells youth at WYD closing Mass (above) before announcing YWD in Poland in 2016. (Video).

Death toll hits 30 after coach crash in Italy involving pilgrims returning to Naples.


Pope Francis’ the calls for Catholics to strive for a better, more equal world in his homily at the WYD vigil in front of an estimated 3 million Catholics people.

Holy Fathers address to the Bishops of Brazil.

Pope had an ’emotional meeting’ with young prison inmates on Friday.

Religious orders use Pope’s WYD visit to recruit young postulants.


English bishops press for peace in Holy Land.

After 750 mile trek, peace pilgrims deliver message to Downing St.

Press office director of the Catholic Church in Egypt, expressed concern for Christians in Egypt after scores die in protests.

Vatican should set example on fighting abuse, Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley says.


Euan McColm: Scotland’s new Archbishop will have to show exceptional leadership, combined with genuine humility.


—Cross Wires is The Scottish Catholic Observer blog. Follow breaking news from the SCO through the day on Twitter at SCO_NEWS

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