Rio prepares for World Youth Day

Hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics have gathered at Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for the opening of the World Youth Day Festival. The highlight of the festival will be the visit by Pope Francis on Thursday. The Pope arrived on Monday for his first trip abroad since becoming the head of the…

Pope refuses to use bullet-proof vehicles during Brazil trip

The Vatican has said that Pope Francis will not use bullet-proof popemobiles on his visit to Brazil next week as he wishes to have more direct contact with the crowds, despite the security risks involved. The Argentine Pope arrives in Brazil on Monday for his first trip outside of Italy as the Pope. He will…

Venezuela’s dancing devils take to the streets for Corpus Christi

When the church bell tolls midday in Naiguata, a town on Venezuala’s Carribbean coast, the sound of drums emanates and residents appear dressed in devil costumes and pour into the main square. For hours, they wait dressed in their colourful costumes under the sun for their turn to pay their penance. Participants kneel down and…

Pope Francis was elected after supernatural ‘signs’ in the Conclave

The Telegraph reports that one of the leading Cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church has claimed that the surprise election of the Pope Francis came about because of a series of supernatural “signs”. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna said he had personally had two “strong signs” that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was “the…