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Pope’s Address to Brazilian Leaders

Hereis the text of Pope Francis’ Address to Brazilian Leaders this morning in the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro.  The symphony orchestra and chorus have begun the ceremony with beautiful musical selections culminating in the singing of the Rio World Youth Day Hymn as Pope Francis appeared on stage.

Pope Francis Plants a Glorious Cross in the Heart of Youth

Miserando Atque Eligendo. True to his episcopal motto, but above all faithful to the salvific value of “sixth feria”, or Friday as it is known in Brazil, Pope Francis dedicated the morning to the ministry of confession of three boys and three girls: three Brazilians, a Venezuelan and an Italian.

“Morning Watchmen” at the Shrine of the Youth

Yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, July 23, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta presided over the opening ceremony of Rio’s WYD with thousands of young people and hundreds of Bishops who defied a subtle and persistent rain, which recalled Gideon’s fleece, given the challenge of the New Evangelization.