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Packing up after a pilgrimage, you sort through the souvenirs you’ll bring home. They are reminders of friends made, marvels witnessed and lessons discovered along the way.

Shona Mass is a little bit of home for Zimbabweans in Edmonton

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EDMONTON – On a wintry Sunday morning in an Edmonton church, Eve Masenda ties a blue chitenge — an African sarong-like garment — around her daughter’s waist before Mass begins. 

January 28, 2019

As WYD Panama closes, Pope urges volunteers to keep serving

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PANAMA CITY – Just before leaving the physical and human warmth of Panama Jan. 27, Pope Francis stopped to thank the thousands of official volunteers, young and old, gathered at the capital city's Rommel Fernandez Stadium to tell them that…
January 27, 2019

Locals shows solidarity with Nicaraguan, Venezuelan pilgrims en route to World Youth Day vigil

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PANAMA CITY – As thousands of pilgrims streamed through the neighborhood of Las Acacias en route to the World Day Youth vigil, those from Nicaragua and Venezuela received special cheers and applause as they carried the flags of their respective…
January 27, 2019

World Youth Day 2022 will be in Portugal

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PANAMA CITY – Lisbon, Portugal, will open its doors to the world's young people in 2022 for the next World Youth Day.
January 27, 2019

Be 'influencers' for God, imitate Mary, Pope urges at World Youth Day vigil

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PANAMA CITY – Although Mary would not be considered an "influencer," like many social media personalities, she still became the most influential woman in history by trusting "in the love and promises of God, the only force capable of making…
January 27, 2019

U.S. pilgrim questions Pope on abuse crisis during lunch in Panama

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PANAMA CITY – While sharing a private lunch with pilgrims from around the world, Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy and emphasized the need for unity and prayer, a U.S. pilgrim…
January 26, 2019

Church wounded by sin causes doubt in our mission, Pope Francis tells Panama clergy, laity

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PANAMA CITY – A church wounded by sin can paralyze, confuse and tire the hearts of Catholic clergy and laypeople, causing them to doubt their mission in the modern world, Pope Francis said.
January 26, 2019

At Way of the Cross, Pope reflects on suffering of abuse victims, indigenous peoples, the forgotten

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PANAMA CITY – The path walked by Jesus to his passion and death on the cross is the same path of indifference and marginalization taken by those who suffer in the world today, Pope Francis said.
January 26, 2019

Jean Ko Din in Panama: Our pilgrimage to the bathrooms at Cinta Costera

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World Youth Day pilgrims can tell you many stories about the adventures we all had at Cinta Costera these last few days but none are more harrowing than my adventure to find a bathroom.
January 26, 2019

Pilgrim's diary: An exercise in unity

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PANAMA CITY – Friday was one of the best days so far.