... if my people,
who are called by my name,
will humble themselves
and seek my face
and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven,
and I will forgive their sin
and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
In Rio de Janeiro, Sunday, the concluding Mass for World Youth Day drew a reported congregation of 3 million. In an age when young people of faith are marginalized or ignored, even mainstream media must acknowledge the enthusiastically faithful, record audience.
It seems that every time the Catholic Church is written off, it bounces back as strong as ever.
I tell you that you are Peter,
and on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven;
whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
January, 2015 UPDATE: Record crowd of up to 7 million welcomes Pope Francis.