Teacher’s WYD pilgrimage detoured by brush with illicit drug trade

By David Agren
Catholic News Service

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — A pilgrimage to World Youth Day took a detour through prison for a Mexican preschool teacher after an inadvertent brush with the illegal drug trade.

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Jesuit superior tells WYD pilgrims ‘keep eyes, heart open’

By Catholic News Service

SALVADOR, Brazil (CNS) — Using the example of a big-hearted giraffe, the superior general of the Jesuits, Father Adolfo Nicolas, told 2,000 World Youth Day pilgrims: “Keep your eyes and your hearts open.”

The young people from around the world — mostly students from Jesuit universities — gathered in Salvador July 12 for a 10-day, pre-World Youth Day program known as Magis, which means “the more” in Latin. The program is designed for the young people to examine their lives to see how they can do more for Christ and for others.

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World Youth Day officials plan ways to help pilgrims with special needs

By Lise Alves
Catholic News Service

SAO PAULO (CNS) — More than 200 World Youth Day volunteers will be dedicated to helping pilgrims with special needs during the July 23-28 event in Rio de Janeiro.

Cesar Bacchim, who is working on accessibility for World Youth Day, said pilgrims with audio, visual, intellectual and mobility deficiencies will have a special place at the front of main celebrations “so that they can participate in the celebration and not be a mere spectator.”

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