World Youth Day Rio 2013

When Pope Francis arrived at World Youth Day, he said, "I came to meet young people coming from all over the world, drawn to the open arms of Christ the Redeemer!" With joy and simplicity, Pope Francis greeted thousands of people in Brazil. His visit is of special significance as he is the first pope from Latin America.

Catholics around the world are taken with Pope Francis' welcoming presence and simple, yet profound approach to his office. He is showing us how to follow Jesus through his actions and his words are equally powerful.

Be sure to equip your parish with Pope Francis materials from Our Sunday Visitor — browse books, prayer cards, pamphlets and more.

Follow the action in Rio at World Youth Day through Stephen's posts on OSV Daily Take blog, and also on Twitter and Facebook.

Pope Francis has much to teach us all about discipleship.

In Christ's Peace, +

*Photo courtesy of Stephen Lenahan