World Youth Day: On his way to Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis gave a sneak peek of what World Youth Day could look like under his pontificate: elderly.
World Youth Day 2013
Transcript: Pope Francis greeted the journalists on his papal plane with a short speech about youth today and why they are important.
Following Pope Francis' Twitter feed may be good for your soul -- both in this life and the next.
The spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church plans to grant plenary indulgences by Twitter during the World Youth Day, which will be held July 23-28 in Brazil.
Pope Francis traveled to Rome's Basilica of St. Mary Major to pray that Mary protect and care for everyone attending World Youth Day in Brazil and for all young people around the world.
The pope spent more than 30 minutes in silent prayer in a side chapel before the basilica's famous Marian icon "Salus Populi Romani" (health of the Roman people).
All Things Catholic: Every papal trip is a journey into the unknown, and Pope Francis faces some real risks on his first overseas trip to Brazil.
Young Voices: "The existence and popularity of WYD is a reminder of the vibrancy and commitment that exist within our Catholic community," one young Catholic said.
The drama of Pope Francis' first overseas trip boils down to whether Brazil's discontented masses will see the event as part of the problem.
John Allen in Rome: The Vatican has "total confidence" that Brazil's street protests will not affect Pope Francis' World Youth Day visit next week.
Sweet and simple: that's the menu plan for Pope Francis when he stays at a church-run residence during his visit to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day.
However, Good Counsel Sr. Terezinha Fernandes, who is in charge of the kitchen at the Sumare Residence, said when she was dreaming up the dishes, "I had to hold myself back" to not let the table fare get too fancy.
John Allen in Rome: Although Pope Francis carries enormous advantages into his first overseas trip, there are also signs the outing won't be problem-free.