Pope Francis tells youth that faith cures discontent
Pope Francis speaks to the crowd from a balcony of the San Joaquin Episcopal Palace on July 26, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
July 25th, 2013
07:50 PM ET

Pope Francis tells youth that faith cures discontent

By Helena Cavendish de Moura, for CNN

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNN) - With a blasting medley of bossa nova music as a prelude, Pope Francis addressed about a million worshippers in Copacabana beach on Thursday, lacing his message to a new generation of Catholics with Brazilian street jargon.

"Bota Fe" - put on faith - was the antidote to what he called growing materialism and discontent, the pontiff said.

"What can we do? Bota Fe," he said. "If we want to have real meaning and fulfillment, as you want and you deserve ... put on faith."

The thread of the pontiff's speech resonated with Brazil's youth, many of whom are expressing disenchantment with their government.

Police are on high alert amid the potential for protests throughout the city. On Monday, protests turned violent in the neighborhood of Laranjeiras as students and other young demonstrators hurled insults at a police battalion.

Earlier Thursday, Francis walked the muddy streets of the Varginha slum where crowds rushed through the area's labyrinthine alleyways and streets to see him. The pontiff visited a resident in the neighborhood also known for its violent history of drug-related criminal activity.

'Slum pope' visits Brazil's poor

Francis also met with Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, who handed the pontiff a key to the city. According to O Globo newspaper, the pope told the mayor he would make an appeal to Santa Clara for better weather.

"We have to offer 12 eggs to Santa Clara," the pontiff told Paes.

"Santa Clara will only start to work tomorrow," Paes said in jest.

Santa Clara, or Saint Claire, called the "princess of the poor" founded the Order of San Damiano. Her names means "clear" in Spanish so eggs, or egg whites, are sometimes used to remember her and to pray for good weather.

According to Brazil's Climatempo weather agency, unusually cold temperatures and rain will persist over the next 48 hours.

The rainy forecast forced officials to move the event's closing celebration from Guaratiba, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to Copacabana.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Brazil • Catholic Church • Mass • Pope Francis

soundoff (639 Responses)
  1. Dave Harris

    You know what else cures discontent? A frontal lobotomy.

    October 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
  2. Dex

    Seems to me that the youth have given up in the oppresive, ignorant and dying church.


    October 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
  3. Peace

    Knowledge cures discontent.. Faith diverts discontent.

    September 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
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    August 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
  5. Steve Finnell


    Faith only believer want Mark 16:16 to just go away. It will not go away, so they try to explain it away. Over 100 translations of the Bible include Mark 16:16, however, that does deter some faith only believers from insinuating or simply stating that Mark 16:16 should not be including in the Bible because it was missing from a couple of manuscripts. If you believe God has a hand in guiding men to translate the Bible correctly, then have to believe Mark 16:16 should be included. If you do not believe the Bible has been translated accurately, then I would suggest that you burn all of your Bibles.


    Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

    The most popular way of explaining away Mark 16:16 is to say that it does not say, that he who has not been baptized will be condemned, therefore water baptism is not essential to be saved.

    If a secular law were written as such: He who does not commit robbery and does not murder will not go to prison; but he who commits robbery will go to jail. Would that mean you can still murder and not go to jail; because it does not state murderers will go to jail? NOT MURDERING IS ESSENTIAL TO NOT GOING TO JAIL!

    Being baptized is essential to not being condemned.

    There have been many attempts to explain water baptism away from Mark 16:16, including denying that, and, is a conjunction linking belief and baptism. Many attempts at distorting the simple meaning of words and sentence structure are used. Grammatical distortions are used in order to make Mark 16:16 fit the "faith only" narrative.


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    July 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Still haven't learned. Stealing advertisement for your god, how would he feel about that?

      August 5, 2013 at 11:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      How is baptism different from water boarding? If Jesus commands water boarding, then shouldn't we set ourselves to it with a will?

      August 5, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
  6. tony

    Faith cures discontent. As understood by every dictator and mega corp CEO from the beginning of time

    July 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  7. Excessive copy and paste causes puppies to die

    Prayer changes things the way blinking rapidly removes toe jam.

    July 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
  8. Felix Sinclair

    Expecting the universe to magically change to suit you causes discontent.

    July 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  9. Skorpio

    The AYATOLLAH tells youth that A POWERFUL BOMB cures discontent.

    July 29, 2013 at 10:34 am |
  10. EX catholic

    What is this, the Roman Catholic Blog? Like who are the going to fool but themselves. IDOLATRY is not religion IDOLATRY is a SIN

    July 27, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
    • manangdi22

      What idolatry? Who's doing idolatry? Please do not twist words! Youths of today do not listen to anybody because they arroganty think that they know everything! This arrogance is what's keeping them open to faith that have been elusive to their restless minds! How can you explain really smart people killing themselves or others? Yes, indeed, Faith heals the discontent.

      July 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
  11. Rocket surgeon

    So the Xanax isn't working, and the next best thing is religion. How nice.
    So now this guy in the white dress thinks he has to sell his snake-oil.
    Where do I go get me some of this there "faith" ?

    July 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
    • Just Call Me Lucifer

      Close your eyes, click your heels together and repeat the following... "There's no place like Rome".

      July 28, 2013 at 3:12 am |
    • manangdi22

      It's true that Faith heals discontent. You just have to believe! I have been reading comments here and those who profess that they hate organized religion hates everything there is, there is bitterness and sadness and yes, discontent. There is discontent that they try to be smart and explain if there is God, they kept banging their heads, in the process of accepting that having faith that there is God there's discontent. Proving to people that having no religion is the right way to go, they become discontent. Faith is believing in something beyond you, if you are arrogant, you believe that your is the end of all!

      July 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
      • sxs

        When you are arrogant, you are telling others what to believe.

        July 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
        • Eric T

          Then why are you telling others what not to believe!

          October 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
  12. Skorpio

    Islamic clerics tell youth that a powerful bomb cures discontent.

    July 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • skytag

      Actually, most don't. Please go peddle your religious bigotry somewhere else.

      July 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
  13. Skorpio

    The ayatollahs, muftis, imams tell youth that any good and powerful BOMB cures discontent.

    July 27, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  14. FrankDB

    It is heartwarming to hear and see in action a Pope that gives priority to the poor and least among us. His call for Church to become poor should also include the become "egoless". If the church continues to have an egoic mind with regard to women priests, gays not treated to the marriage sacrament, allowing priests to marry...then it will suffer from those positions. If each of us is made in the image of God...and if Christ is neither male nor female according to St. Paul then why separate people? Roles are less importatnt than trating each person equally.So the Pope can continue all the good news about being poor and service to the poor but this should stem out of the knowing that we are all equal, and what I do to you I do to myself. The body of Christ should not be divided between male,female,gays, straight etc.

    July 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • tony

      heartwarming without actually doing anything

      July 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Rocket surgeon

      Is "egoic" actually a word ?

      July 27, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
    • skytag

      "It is heartwarming to hear and see in action a Pope that gives priority to the poor and least among us."

      Obviously he's not trying to the Republican vote.

      July 28, 2013 at 7:40 am |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    July 27, 2013 at 11:51 am |
    • tony

      Yup. Replaces concrete, actual help and support with wishful thinking and nothing else.

      July 27, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • Just Call Me Lucifer

      I've prayed to Jesus that you die, and yet you keep coming back. So much for the power of prayer. Maybe an animal sacrifice
      will do the trick. Got any pets?

      July 28, 2013 at 3:19 am |
    • Duke of Omnium

      More precisely, nothing fails quite like prayer.

      July 29, 2013 at 9:06 am |
  16. Theologian

    Dreams just don't come to fruition out of nothing, it has to start out in "faith".

    July 27, 2013 at 8:01 am |
    • Damocles

      I know I just woke up and my brain might not be fully up to speed yet, but could you please explain what the hell you mean?

      July 27, 2013 at 8:16 am |
      • Theologian

        Every thinker ought to believe, every believer ought to think!

        July 27, 2013 at 8:26 am |
        • Damocles

          Ohhh... I see.... love to hate, hate to love... those that want peace should prepare for war.... a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.... if you've thought about it and still aren't a believer, you haven't thought hard enough about being a believer.... if you pray for something good to happen and nothing good happens, you weren't good enough for your prayer to be answered.....

          July 27, 2013 at 8:40 am |
    • Rocket surgeon

      Faith has to be rooted in reason. Nothing about this cult is rooted in reason.
      Or is your god SO stupid she doesn't know when people "say" they believe, but really don't ?

      July 27, 2013 at 8:17 am |
    • Theologian

      There is no "faith" without a reason, there is no "reason" to be without faith!

      July 27, 2013 at 8:24 am |
      • Rocket surgeon

        Just because you have a psychological "need" doesn't mean you get to construct a monstrously huge system of nonsensical garbage, just to make you feel better, which "appear" to give you a reason to "be", because you are too chicken to face your mortality.

        July 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
    • skytag

      You sound like you work for a greeting card company.

      July 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      I agree with you as it relates to fulfilling a dream (a goal). E.g. learning how to play guitar well, owning ahome, etc... One has to have faith in themselves and others around them. Then it takes planning, hard work and disapline. But no gods are necessary.

      July 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • Just Call Me Lucifer

      I have faith that my dream of a world free of religion will be achieved. Looks like you'll be out of a job... but I hear McDonalds is hiring. Good luck with that.

      July 28, 2013 at 3:23 am |
      • Zqndigra


        You will never live to see your dream come true. History is replete with malcontents and bigots , many were smarter than you, who had the exact same dream. These folks lived and died and no one even remembers them. Yet Christ and His bride, the church, are alive.

        July 28, 2013 at 9:08 am |
  17. Reality

    Dear Francis,

    Faith in a religion with significant flaws in its theology and history? Not anymore as atheism and agnosticism are the modern results of rational thinking.

    July 27, 2013 at 7:14 am |
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