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Pope approves new decrees for the Causes of Saints

December 22, 2016. On Wednesday, December 21, Pope Francis authorized the following decrees for the Causes of Saints:

Pope's last speech in Brazil: May WYD bear new fruit for the Church


Pope Francis bid   farewell to Brazil, describing his first international trip  as Pontiff,  as unforgettable trip full of beautiful moments. His   brief speech was given at Rios International airport, where he was welcomed by  the countrys vice-president, Michel Temer, among other  political and religious leaders.

In his speech, the Pope thanked everyone who contributed in making WYD 2013 in Rio such a special occasion. The Pope described the event as an  'authentic experience of growth in faith”. Then, he directly addressed the youths, saying they were the real protagonists of WYD.

"May God bless you for the beautiful witness of your lives and for your intense and joyful participation over these last few days. Many of you came here as disciples; I have no doubt that all of you will leave as missionaries.”

Pope Francis went on to praise those who took part in the event, especially for taking time to work on big goals and high ideals. He also said he hopes the seeds of World Youth Day bear fruit and trigger a new spring. 

"I will always place my hopes in the young people of Brazil and in the young around the world: through them, Christ is preparing a new springtime all over the earth. I have seen its first fruits and I know that others will joyfully reap the full harvest.”

The Pope ended his speech by mentioning Our Lady of Aparecida, to whom he entrusted WYD. Then, after saying he was already beginning to miss Brazil, the Pope, as usual, asked everyone to pray for him and his mission.