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  • Pope Says He Won't Judge Gay Priests

    07/29/2013 5:33:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 517 replies ^ | 7/29/13 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip... "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. Francis was much more conciliatory, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten. Francis' remarks came Monday during a plane journey back to...
  • The Pope's powerful pro-life message at the mass for 3MM youths.

    07/30/2013 7:11:16 PM PDT · by dangus · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Mon Jul 29, 2013 13:13 EST | BY JOHN JALSEVAC
    BACKGROUND by Dangus: The Brazilian constitution guarantees the right to life, starting from conception. However, the Brazilian Supreme Court has ruled that such protection applies only to those babies destined to be born. Therefore, it has allowed the destruction of frozen embryos and anencephaletic babies, which it claims cannot be born, anyway. The court did this in defiance of opinion polls which show 80% of Brazilians oppose the liberalization of abortion. The court's strategy is clear: chip away at the notion of personhood, to move that majority towards the death camp. Senators, including chief allies of the President, have introduced...
  • Cardinal Dolan Explains: Pope's remark on gays does not change church teaching

    07/30/2013 7:03:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 07/30/2013 | Catholic News Service
    NEW YORK New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a guest Tuesday on "CBS This Morning" to discuss the pope's impromptu news conference on a papal flight the previous day, stressed that Pope Francis "would be the first to say, 'My job isn't to change church teaching; my job is to present it as clearly as possible.' " Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was asked to comment in particular on the pope's remark: "If a person is gay, seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge? They should not be marginalized. They are our brothers."...
  • The Imminent Abortion Legalization in Brazil and the Pope

    07/30/2013 5:17:06 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 11 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    The Imminent Abortion Legalization in Brazil: the Pope Has Spoken… That It Was Not Necessary to Speak! By Julio Severo The international media has been in frenzy about pope’s statements on homosexuality. Usually, when Christians speak about homosexual issues, the media do not forgive: the barrage of attacks is endless. I have been a victim of such attacks, and I have written many articles defending (Catholic and Protestant) Christians under such attacks. In the pope’s case, there were no attacks. Apparently, some of his words were misrepresented. But, overall, he was celebrated by the international press. I will not...
  • Misinterpreting Francis (Vatican official chided the mainstream media for its conflation of remarks)

    07/30/2013 2:11:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    NC Register ^ | July 30, 2013 | EDWARD PENTIN
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ comments on homosexuality during a press conference on the papal plane back from World Youth Day in Rio were largely misreported by the mainstream press, according to a Vatican official and a Church expert. During a surprise and wide-ranging in-flight press conference Sunday that lasted 80 minutes, Pope Francis reportedly said: “If someone is gay, and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge? We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.” “The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well,” the Holy Father went...
  • Pope Francis and Gays: “Loving the Sinner” Is Still Intolerance (Thanks for clarifying that, Time)

    07/30/2013 11:25:09 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 60 replies
    Time ^ | July 30, 2013 | Tim Padgett
    It's hardly surprising that the world, especially Roman Catholics like myself, is breathlessly decoding what Pope Francis told reporters on his flight back to Rome from Brazil on Monday regarding homosexuality: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” The Pope’s remarks... hardly represent a break with Catholic church doctrine, which still condemns homosexuality. The Vatican’s catechismal stance regarding the LGBTs in our midst remains the same: The church may love the sinner, but it hates the sin. And since Francis was referring specifically to gay priests—who like other...
  • Pope Francis: address to CELAM leadership - strategies to renew and revitalize faith

    07/28/2013 1:52:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | July 28, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with the leadership of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean, CELAM, which is holding its general coordinating meeting this week. The meeting was one of two appointments expressly desired by the Holy Father outside the context of World Youth Day, during his week-long visit to Rio for the World Youth Day celebrations. The first was a visit to the Marian shrine at Aparecida. It was in Aparecida in 2007 that the CELAM bishops held their 5th General Conference, which produced a major three-part document outlining a plan for assessment of...
  • Teen who walked across continent (1,829 miles) still hopes to meet Pope in Rio

    07/28/2013 2:49:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | July 27, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Facundo Antonio Sebastian Tolaba walked across South America to attend World Youth Day. Credit: Estefania Aguirre / CNA. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A teen who crossed South America in hopes of meeting Pope Francis walked by foot because he had no money – and now he wants to return by foot “to thank those who helped him.” “I met poor people that offer you everything and rich people that don’t offer you anything,” Facundo Antonio Sebastian Tolaba said. “Since they helped me, I want to help them now.” “I want to return...
  • Father Z Equates Catholic Bishops at WYD 2013 with Nazis

    07/28/2013 3:36:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    Patheos ^ | July 27, 2013 | Sam Rocha
    Father Z Equates Catholic Bishops at WYD 2013 with Nazis UPDATED July 27, 2013 By Sam Rocha 31 Comments Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, also known (and hereafter referred to) as “Fr. Z,” will surely dispute the claim of this headline, however, this post will show that the proposition “Father Z equates Catholic Bishops at WYD 2013 with Nazis” is true, by examining the words used by Fr. Z in today’s post at his web log, “Your Excellencies? REALLY?!?”Fr. Z’s post begins with the YouTube video (below) of a large group of Catholic Bishops, dressed in ecclesial attire, rehearsing hand movements to an upbeat religious...
  • “Rebuild the Church of Christ!” – Francis incites 3 million youth present at Prayer Vigil

    07/28/2013 3:52:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    wydcentral ^ | July 27, 2013
    Address of Pope Francis at the 28th World Youth Day Prayer Vigil on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, July 27, 2013 Dear Young Friends,We have just recalled the story of Saint Francis of Assisi. In front of the crucifix he heard the voice of Jesus saying to him: “Francis, go, rebuild my house.” The young Francis responded readily and generously to the Lord’s call to rebuild his house. But which house? Slowly but surely, Francis came to realize that it was not a question of repairing a stone building, but about doing his part for the life of the Church....
  • Pope Francis: WYD prayer vigil (full text)

    07/28/2013 3:07:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7/27/2013
    Pope Francis joined over a million young people on Copacabana beach Saturday evening, for a prayer vigil on the eve of the final Mass marking World Youth Day, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The centerpiece of the vigil was a Eucharistic procession. The event featured litanies and hymns, as well as the testimonies of four different young people. In his remarks to the youthful pilgrims, Pope Francis focused on the image of the field of faith – the name of the venue at which the vigil was originally to have taken place, before the week’s inclement weather rendered it...
  • Pope Francis to Brazilian Bishops: Are we still a Church capable of warming hearts?

    07/28/2013 3:02:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7/27/2013
    Pope Francis had a joyful but challenging message for the Bishops of Brazil today. As part of World Youth Day festivities, the Holy Father took the opportunity to meet with the world’s largest episcopate. Pope Francis thanked the Bishops for allowing him to speak as “one among friends”. For that reason, he said, he spoke in his native Spanish, in order “to better express what I carry in my heart.” Pope Francis spoke first about the miracle of Aparecida, the miracle at the heart of Brazil’s religious history. “Aparecida offers us a perennial teaching about God and about the Church.”...
  • Invisible people popping up in Rio

    07/26/2013 8:10:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 26, 2013 | Phil Lawler
    Stop me if you've heard this one before, but the crowds at World Youth Day (WYD) in Rio are much larger than the mainstream media predictions. Just last week we were hearing that WYD might be a disappointment. Early registrations were lagging behind expectations. The Brazilian government didn’t want to kick in extra funding. Lots of young Brazilians disagreed with the Pope. Those gloomy predictions didn’t even take into account the spectacularly bad weather that has turned outdoor meeting places into bleak acres of ankle-deep mud. Doom! Disaster! But wait. When the curtain rose on WYD, there were 500,000 enthusiastic...
  • Leftist activists to greet pope with gay ‘kiss-in’, SlutWalk protests in Rio

    07/25/2013 4:55:06 AM PDT · by massmike · 15 replies ^ | 07/25/2013 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    Gay rights and feminist groups are planning to stage protests during Pope Francis' stay in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day. The pope has already been subjected to a homosexual "kiss-in" along the papal motorcade route on Monday when he arrived in Rio. Video clips from the protest on July 22 showed lip-locked demonstrators, some of them topless, while others waved rainbow flags, according to a U.S.News report. Various media reports say that a gay rights group is planning another "beijaco" or kiss-in during a speech Pope Francis will give on Copacabana beach on July 25. The group is...
  • Pope Francis shakes up Catholic Church (Brazil)

    07/24/2013 8:51:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Deutsche Well ^ | 24.07.2013 | Astrid Prange / sst
    Many Catholics hope Pope Francis will strengthen laymen and women in church, who have been taking on responsibilities of priests in some rural areas. That might trigger a revolution, experts say. The Catholic Church in Latin America has a way of dealing with contradictions: Instead of discussing whether women should be allowed to be ordained to the priesthood or debating the celibate, laymen go ahead and create precedents in their religious communities. They've come up with new forms of church services - services without a priest. Hopes are high during this year's World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro that...
  • UN Partners With WYD for Panel on Youth Leadership (Sustainable Development)

    07/19/2013 3:47:55 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Zenit ^ | July 19, 2013 |
    World Youth Day organizers and the United Nations are partnering to sponsor a morning of debates about the role of youth in sustainable development and peace. The event "Youth and the culture of peace" will take place on July 23rd. There will be participation on behalf of Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General's special envoy, and a moment for presentations by five youth representatives, from the five continents. About 650 youths are expected to attend. The event will take place at the Brazilian Bar Association building (Edifício OAB), where consulates of the international delegations will have offices during the WYD Rio2013....
  • Francis intensifies programme of events for WYD inherited from Benedict XVI

    07/19/2013 4:19:08 PM PDT · by haffast
    Vatican Insider ^ | 07/17/2013 | Alessandro Speciale
    The Argentinean Pope’s first international trip to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day (22-29 July) is less than a week away. This will be the first time he returns to his homeland, Latin America, since his election to the pontificate. Unlike his predecessors, the Pope will not be using the Popemobile to get around. Francis wants to have direct contact with as many people as possible. He will be using a covered sedan or the open-top jeep he uses during his Wednesday General Audiences to get around Rio de Janeiro, where he will be spending most of his...
  • Centuries-old trees destroyed as rainforest is chopped down for Pope's visit to Brazil (edit)

    07/16/2013 4:45:56 AM PDT · by haffast · 12 replies
    Daily Mail - UK ^ | UPDATED: 02:56 EST, 15 July 2013 | Matt Roper
    Authorities in Brazil have denounced church leaders as criminals for chopping down more than 300 centuries-old trees in a national park - so pilgrims can celebrate mass during the Pope’s visit to Rio de Janeiro. Pope Francis will make his first international trip to the world’s largest Roman Catholic country later this month. Organisers of an event in the diocese of Sao Sebastiao de Itaipu, in the city of Niteroi, claimed they needed to clear an area of Atlantic rainforest to accommodate the expected crowd of up to 800 pilgrims. A total of 334 trees at the edge of the...
  • John Paul the Great and the Denver World Youth Day "Miracle"

    03/12/2011 11:20:32 AM PST · by swissguard007 · 28 replies ^ | Randall J. Meissen
    When the Vatican announced that World Youth Day would be held in Denver in 1993, many news experts predicted that the event would be a failure. The United States, they said, was different than countries like Poland and Argentina, where previous World Youth Days had met great success. The United States, they claimed, lacked an entrenched tradition of Catholic pilgrimage, the traveling distances required to assemble a large gathering from across the country were too large, and most importantly American young people would simply be uninterested in the pope or his message. On August 10, 1993, stunned reporters crumpled their...
  • On World Youth Day 2011

    08/25/2011 12:12:03 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 24, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On World Youth Day 2011 "The Cross of Christ Gives Much More Than It Demands" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 24, 2011 ( Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held at Castel Gandolfo. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to return briefly in mind and heart to the extraordinary days spent in Madrid for the XXVI World Youth Day. It was, as you know, a moving ecclesial event: approximately 2 million youth from every continent gathered for a truly exceptional experience of fraternity, of encounter with...
  • Pope draws massive crowds in Madrid

    08/19/2011 7:38:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    KC Star ^ | August 19, 2011 | SINIKKA TARVAINEN
    >Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday urged young people to build their lives "on the firm foundation" of the Christian faith at the start of his visit to Spain, where he drew massive crowds despite the growing secularism. Hundreds of thousands of believers attended a huge "welcome party" for the pope at Madrid's centrally located Cibeles square. The 84-year-old German pontiff will be in Spain until Sunday on occasion of the Catholic World Youth Day celebrations. Crowds cheered the pope, waved flags and threw confetti as he drove toward Cibeles in the popemobile. Benedict then made a symbolic entry on foot...
  • The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story: Part Five, Fr. Chris Singer [Catholic caucus]

    04/09/2011 7:59:39 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 3 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 4/08/11 | Greg Schlueter
    God’s ways are mysterious and marvelous. I had the great honor of attending World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto. And it was there that I marveled at the work of the Spirit in my own life. As I walked the streets of Toronto, attended the workshops, observed the spirit and enthusiasm of thousands of young men and women from around the world – my heart was full of deep memories. And it was filled with a fresh spirit of joy. ...
  • The United Nations Must Love Catholics: We Give Them Their Best Ideas

    08/20/2010 7:31:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | August 20, 2010 | Colin Mason
    The United Nations must love Catholics, we give them their best ideas.Take, for instance, the UN’s latest initiative, aimed at the world’s youth. The International Year of Youth was initiated by the United Nations at the end of last year, and officially began on August 12, 2010. According to the UN, the Year was initiated for the purposes of promoting “peace, freedom, progress and solidarity towards the promotion of youth development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.”And the year will be started off with a conference in Mexico City, from August 24th-27th, called the World Youth Conference.Hmmm. This...
  • Pope warns Catholic youth of 'spiritual desert'

    07/20/2008 4:05:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 132+ views
    Yahoo! Singapore/AFP ^ | July 21, 2008
    SYDNEY (AFP) - - Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday urged hundreds of thousands of young Catholics to beat back a "spiritual desert" spreading through the modern world as he closed Catholic World Youth Day in Australia. The pope celebrated an open-air mass in Sydney that organisers said drew 400,000 worshippers in the climax of a week of prayer and pop concerts during which the pontiff made a historic apology for child sex abuse by clergy. In his final mass, the pope said the worshippers' youthful energy helped reinvigorate the church and urged them to become "messengers of love" to counter...
  • For Some, Absence of Iraqis Dampens Joy of Welcoming Pope to World Youth Day ( Sydney,Australia )

    07/18/2008 3:48:56 PM PDT · by kellynla · 5 replies · 164+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | Jul-17-2008 | Dan McAloon and Cindy Wooden
    SYDNEY, Australia (CNS) -- For some participants at World Youth Day, the joy of welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to the World Youth Day celebration July 17 was dampened by the absence of a Chaldean Catholic delegation from Iraq. Salina Hasham, a World Youth Day employee, has been working for months trying to get the 170-member Iraqi delegation to Sydney. At first, it seemed the Australian government would not issue any visas to the group, Hasham said. Then 10 visas were granted and, finally, a total of 25 visas were approved. But as of July 17, she said, "they are stuck...
  • Pope Urges Catholic Youth to Respect Life, Protect Unborn From Abortion

    07/17/2008 5:15:15 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 195+ views
    Life News ^ | 7/17/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Sydney, Australia ( -- At the welcoming ceremony for the opening of World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, the pope told tens of thousands of young people that they have a responsibility to protect human life. Pope Benedict XVI told cheering throngs of students and young adults that they need to stand up against abortion. Addressing a crowd estimated at 150,000 people, the Catholic leader said that newfound enthusiasm for protecting the environment must be match by an equal vigor to protect human life. "At the heart of the marvel of creation are you and I, the human family, 'crowned...
  • Pope Benedict Arrives to Proclaim the Good News!

    07/17/2008 5:20:07 AM PDT · by tcg · 41+ views
    Dear friends, life is not governed by chance; it is not random. Your very existence has been willed by God, blessed and given a purpose (cf. Gen 1:28)! Life is not just a succession of events or experiences, helpful though many of them are. It is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this – in truth, in goodness, and in beauty – that we find happiness and joy. Do not be fooled by those...
  • World Youth Day - EWTN Schedule for TV

    07/14/2008 10:14:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 359+ views
    EWTN ^ | July 14, 2008
    TV Schedule for World Youth Day 2008  Date ET PT GMT Program Name Description Tue 07/15/08 2:00 AM Mon 11 PM 6:00 WORLD YOUTH DAY 2008 ~ OPENING MASS WITH CARDINAL PELL (LIVE) (3 hrs) Presided over by Cardinal George Pell, this Mass formally celebrates the opening of WYD 2008. A much-anticipated feature of the Mass will be the arrival of the WYD Cross and Icon. Tue 07/15/08 12 PM 9 AM 16:00 Encore Tue 07/15/08 9 PM 6 PM 1:00 Encore Wed 07/16/08 12 AM Tues 9 PM 4:00 Encore           Thu 07/17/08 12:30...
  • World Youth Day Conversions Begin!

    07/14/2008 4:56:20 PM PDT · by tcg · 83+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/15/08 | Anthony Barich
    Sydney's Polish-Catholic community World Youth Day coordinator, 24-year-old Basia Slusarczyk, explained to ZENIT that her non-Catholic boyfriend is participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. His conversion was triggered by the experience of praying with her for the fruits of World Youth Day. "He is attending World Youth Day with me and I hope the week of events and the solidarity with so many Catholics from around the world will make him proud to be joining the Catholic family," Basia said. She was with a group of young Polish-Australians dressed in traditional Polish dancing uniforms at the veneration...
  • More Than 30 Indian Youths Disappear in New Zealand

    07/14/2008 3:07:22 AM PDT · by Coffee200am · 4 replies · 184+ views
    Web India 123 ^ | 07.14.2008 | DPAdkg
    More than 30 Indian youths have disappeared in New Zealand, where they were in transit to go to Sydney for World Youth Day, a spokeswoman for the Catholic Church said Monday. Lyndsay Freear told Radio New Zealand that a party of 220 Indian Catholics who arrived in Auckland a week ago were due to fly to Sydney Tuesday, but 32 of them had disappeared. All were billeted with church members in Auckland under a so-called Days in the Diocese programme before going to Australia, where Pope Benedict arrived Sunday for events associated with World Youth Day. Freear said all the...
  • Abortion Activists Vow to Harass Pilgrims, Distribute Condoms at World Youth Day

    06/24/2008 4:23:28 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies · 84+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/24/08 | LifeSiteNews
    Washington, DC (24 June 2008) – When Catholic youth around the world converge in Sydney, Australia for World Youth Day, they will be handed condoms in an attempt to protest the Pope’s unwavering opposition to abortion, contraception and homosexuality. The NoToPope Coalition, a group of abortion, homosexual and atheist activists, including Raelians and the Socialist Alliance, will reportedly number between 1,000 and 5,000 protestors. They plan to distribute condoms to pilgrims en route to the Papal Mass at Randwick Racecourse July 20. “It’s getting easier and easier to identify good and evil,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League....
  • WYD Organizers Will Not Sanction Efforts to Disseminate "Safe-Sex" Information

    07/30/2007 2:43:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 269+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/30/07 | John Jalsevac
    SYDNEY, Australia, July 30, 2007 ( - World Youth Day '08 organizers have said that they will not co-operate with any efforts to disseminate safe-sex information that contradicts Church teachings on extra-marital sexual relations and contraception to WYD participants, reports the Sydney Morning Herald today. The Herald is reporting the organizers' stance as a "row" over the safe-sex message, though in the article it is unclear with whom the organizers are having the "row." According to the Herald the New South Wales Health Minister is preparing a fact sheet for the event, though a spokesman for the Minister did not...
  • Pope's first book collects World Youth Day talks

    10/11/2005 7:56:45 PM PDT · by Aristotle721 · 166+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | October 11, 2005
    The Revolution of God, the first book produced by Pope Benedict XVI since his election to the papacy, was released by the Vatican on October 11. The 130-page book contains all of the speeches that the Holy Father delivered during World Youth Day celebrations in Cologne, Germany, from August 18 to 21. It also includes the text of his remarks at a general audience on August 24, after his return, commenting on the trip. The Italian-language edition was produced jointly by the Vatican publishing house, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, and St. Paul Editions. Separate editions, in appropriate translations, will be available...
  • Catholic Youths Flock to Centuries-Old Latin Mass

    09/23/2005 3:44:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies · 1,135+ views
    San Diego Union-Trbune ^ | August 17, 2005 | Tom Heneghan
    DUESSELDORF, Germany – While hundreds of thousands of young Roman Catholics sing and dance their way through World Youth Day festivities, some start each morning in silent prayer attending the rarely celebrated old Latin Mass. It was standing room only in the large Saint Antonius church in Duesseldorf, one of several venues for the Catholic youth jamboree centred in nearby Cologne, as over 300 young believers gathered on Wednesday morning for Mass in the ancient language. The traditional liturgy, almost forgotten since the Church switched to vernacular tongues for its services, is full of reverent rituals and ornate vestments which...
  • Young man tells NBC Today about WYD conversion, Newsweek to feature Franciscan University

    08/25/2005 6:40:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 484+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | August 25, 2005
    Steubenville, Aug. 25, 2005 (CNA) - Mike Kent grew up Catholic in Florida. He attended the University of Central Florida for a year and played football. Then he went to World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto."I had an empty feeling in my heart, and I thought it would be filled by partying and things like that," he told NBC's Today show Monday. "It was when I went to World Youth Day in Toronto, Canada, in 2002, and I met the Lord."The young man's encounter with Jesus was so strong that he withdrew from UCF, left for Rome to learn more...
  • The Message Does Count

    08/24/2005 8:01:04 AM PDT · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 3 replies · 197+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 24, 2005, 8:23 a.m. | Colleen Carroll Campbell
    The Message Does Count World Youth Day was never just about Pope John Paul II. By Colleen Carroll Campbell The conventional wisdom of secular journalists has long held that World Youth Day is a "Catholic Woodstock" born under Pope John Paul II and sustained by his personal charisma. The millions of young Catholics who have flocked to this global faith celebration for more than two decades like to party together and loved their late pope. But his defense of orthodox theology and traditional morality was never part of the appeal. That explanation — that World Youth Day gatherings were successful...
  • Pope Pushes Orthodoxy On Final Day of World Youth Day

    08/23/2005 6:59:25 AM PDT · by LifeSite News · 8 replies · 653+ views
    During his homily for the closing Mass of World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the youth to pursue a pure and full faith, which does not pick and choose among doctrines. He continued on that theme in remarks to the German Bishops before returning to Rome. "If it is pushed too far, religion becomes almost a consumer product," said the Pope to over a million pilgrims in attendance at the three-hour Mass culminating World Youth Day. People choose what they like . . . But religion constructed on a 'do-it-yourself' basis cannot ultimately help us. It may be comfortable,...
  • Jim Caviezel Presents 'The Passion of the Christ' to World Youth Day Pilgrims

    08/23/2005 7:01:45 AM PDT · by LifeSite News · 6 replies · 843+ views
    DUSSELDORF, August 22, 2005 ( - Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus in Mel Gibson's blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ," presented the film to thousands of youth delegates at World Youth Day in Germany. The screening, which also included prayer and sharing was held at UTL Arena, an outdoor stadium in Dusseldorf, one of the three German cities hosting World Youth Day. The event was sponsored by Holy Cross Family Ministries (HCFM), Easton, Massachusetts. Kerri Caviezel, Jim's wife, gave a short testimony and introduced her husband. Jim Caviezel, a committed Catholic, addressed the youth and introduced "The Passion of the...
  • World Youth Day, Reports from Northern NJ, Diocese of Paterson

    08/22/2005 9:51:27 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 239+ views
    A free festival of faithImagine Woodstock, but with Catholic teenagers instead of rock fans.    That's what it was like Saturday, when thousands of international pilgrims gathered in a field in Marienfeld, a former coal mine on the outskirts of Cologne to listen to a message from their new pope, sleep under the stars, and for some, dance and sing throughout the night. The story • World Youth Day gallery: Previous Friday, August 19 Pope's arrival a 'beautiful moment'For two days, the murky Rhine River has been something Catholic pilgrims to this city rode over to get somewhere else: the...
  • Benedict and World Youth Day: Becoming Adults in Christ

    08/21/2005 8:39:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies · 656+ views ^ | 08-20-04 | Kishore Jayabalan
    by Kishore Jayabalan Other Articles by Kishore Jayabalan Benedict and World Youth Day: Becoming Adults in Christ 08/20/05 Pope Benedict XVI is back in the international media spotlight this week, gracing the covers of Time and Newsweek, as he makes his first trip outside of Italy, to Cologne, Germany for the 20th World Youth Day. That a Catholic youth gathering is now a global event worthy of such attention is a testament to Pope John Paul II; now the trip is presented as a sort of “test” for Benedict. In This Article...Absolute RelativistsA Heritage with ObligationsWhat Endures? Absolute Relativists World Youth...
  • Pope Says Mass Before 1 Million at Youth Day

    08/21/2005 8:11:29 PM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 39 replies · 638+ views
    LA Times ^ | August 21, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson
    COLOGNE, Germany -- They slept in a dew-soaked field, packed head-to-toe, and awoke Sunday under heavy gray skies to hear Pope Benedict XVI urge his youthful followers to live a life of faith and to work to spread it. An estimated 1 million pilgrims from every corner of the planet attended Benedict's open-air Mass, culminating a weeklong World Youth Day and the new pontiff's international debut. Freedom granted by God "is not simply about enjoying life in total autonomy, but rather about living by the measure of truth and goodness, so that we ourselves can become true and good," he...
  • Pope leads 'Catholic Woodstock'

    08/21/2005 10:24:03 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 10 replies · 517+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 22 August 2005 | Jabeen Bhatti
    COLOGNE, Germany -- Pope Benedict XVI brought his first foreign trip as pope to a joyful conclusion yesterday, telling more than a million mainly youthful and exuberant followers at an outdoor Mass that they should not pick and choose at their faith. "If it is pushed too far, religion becomes almost a consumer product," he said. "People choose what they like, and some are even able to make a profit from it. "But religion constructed on a 'do-it-yourself' basis cannot ultimately help us. It may be comfortable, but at times of crisis we are left to ourselves." For a chance...
  • Australians will welcome Pontiff: PM

    08/21/2005 4:49:38 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 2 replies · 191+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 22 August 2005
    WINNING the right to host the 2008 World Youth Day is a massive compliment to Australia and a demonstration of how the world sees the country, Prime Minister John Howard said. German-born Pope Benedict announced yesterday in Germany he would make his first visit to Sydney in July 2008 for the conference of young Catholics, which is expected to draw 250,000 people, including 80,000 overseas visitors. Mr Howard told Macquarie Radio that Australians would welcome the pontiff and the conference would be a huge boost to the economy. "It's a massive compliment to this country," he said. "In 2007, Sydney...
  • Sydney, Australia Gets World Youth Day in 2008

    08/21/2005 2:13:18 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 7 replies · 395+ views
    EWTN ^ | 8/21/2005 | n/a
    Pope Benedict XVI, during the closing Mass for World Youth Day in Cologne, announced that Sydney, Australia will be hosting World Youth Day in 2008. He made the announcement in the English language.
  • "May Christ be everything for you," Pope tells seminarians

    08/19/2005 9:19:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies · 406+ views ^ | 08-19-05 | Catholic News Agency
    "May Christ be everything for you," Pope tells seminarians Cologne, Aug. 19, 2005 (CNA) - In a special meeting today with more than 500 seminarians at World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, Pope Benedict XVI said the seminary years are a time of preparing for mission and a “springtime” in the life of a follower of Christ.Pope Benedict wished to celebrate the vespers of this Friday, talking to the seminarians, addressing the mystery of vocations in the church, and giving them a special message on their mission. Amid a colorful and joyful audience, and after listening to various testimonies, the...
  • Pope to Youth: Adoring Jesus, following the defenseless power of his love is the true revolution

    08/20/2005 1:31:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 470+ views
    Asia News ^ | August 20, 2005
    p>Cologne (AsiaNews) – We reproduce in full the text of the pope’s homily to the youth during the vigil in the esplanade of Marienfeld (Cologne): [in German]Dear young friends,In our pilgrimage with the mysterious Magi from the East, we have arrived at the moment which Saint Matthew describes in his Gospel with these words: "Going into the house (over which the star had halted), they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him" (Mt 2:11). Outwardly, their journey was now over. They had reached their goal. But at this point a new journey began...
  • 'Passion of the Christ' actor Jim Caviezel presents film at 2005 World Youth Day

    08/20/2005 2:01:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 3,670+ views
    South Coast Today ^ | August 20, 2005
    DUSSELDORF, Germany -- Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus in Mel Gibson's blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ," presented the film yesterday to 25,000 youth delegates at 2005 World Youth Day. He also addressed the youth and led them in a decade of the rosary. The event was held at the UTL Arena, an outdoor stadium in Dusseldorf, one of the three German cities hosting World Youth Day activities, last Tuesday through tomorrow. . The others are Cologne and Bonn. The activity was sponsored by Holy Cross Family Ministries of Easton, Mass., which is composed of ministries furthering the mission of...
  • Day 122 of Pope Benedict XVI's Reign - Visits (Graphics Heavy!)

    08/19/2005 12:50:50 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 8 replies · 447+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/19/2005 | n/a
    Pope Benedict XVI, rigt, talks to German President Horst Koehler, left, in Koehler's presedential residence in Bonn, western Germany, Friday, Aug. 19, 2005. Pope Benedict XVI on Friday became the second Pope to visit a synagogue, stopping to pray and remember Holocaust victims with Cologne's Jewish community. (AP Photo/Jochen Luebke, pool) Pope Benedict enters a Cologne synagogue together with an unidentified member of the Cologne Jewish community in Germany August 19, 2005. Pope Benedict on Friday entered the Cologne synagogue, that was destroyed by the Nazis during the anti-Jewish Crystal Night riots in 1938 and rebuilt in 1959, becoming only...
  • WYD Cologne, Expierience Cologne Carnival

    08/19/2005 12:58:45 AM PDT · by jupppo · 1 replies · 151+ views
    Cologne ^ | today | jupp
    Carival in Cologne WYD / Karneval in Kölle WJT Hi WorldYouthDayer! tomorrow evening (Sat, 19th August) there will be a wonderful canrnival celebration in a Pub in Cologne. All participants (hope not everybody will come ;-))of the World Youth Day are kindly invetited to expierience Cologne at it's best side and celebrate Carnival. Adress: Effi Nußbaumerstr. 86 50825 Köln Hallo Weltjugendtagler! Morgen Nacht (Samstag 19.August) steigt in der Gaststätte Effi in Köln Ehrenfeld das große Bergfest. Genau in der Mitte zwischen der Sessionen feieren wir "Karneval in Köln" Wer Lust hat Köln von seiner herzlichsten und fröhlichsten Seite zu erleben...
  • WYD Youth Filling Europe's Empty Churches

    08/19/2005 11:25:30 AM PDT · by LifeSite News · 3 replies · 341+ views ^ | August 18 |
    Thought you freepers may enjoy these. Virtual Pilgrimage to World Youth Day World Youth Day Virtual Pilgrimage Chapter 2 - Youth Filling Europe's Empty Churches World Youth Day Virtual Pilgrimage Chapter 3 - Germany Restored With Arrival of Native Pope In Synagogue Pope Calls Jews and Christians to Work Together to Defend Life and Family