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  • Presentation of the World Youth Day 2016 logo

    07/05/2014 2:02:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | July 3, 2014
    Vatican City, 3 July 2014 (VIS) – In a press conference held this morning the metropolitan archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, presented the logo and official prayer for the 31st World Youth Day.Three elements are combined in the symbolism of the logo: the place, the main protagonists , and the theme of the celebration. The logo of the 2016 World Youth Day, to be held in Krakow, illustrates the passage from the Gospel according to Matthew, 5.7: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”, chosen as the theme of the event. The image is composed of...
  • 10 Facts You Never Knew about St John Paul II

    05/01/2014 2:24:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    taylormarshall.com ^ | May 1, 2014 | Dr. Taylor Marshall
    Saint John Paul II was an amazing man, priest, bishop, pope, and now Saint! But here are 10 things about him that you may have never known: Saint John Paul II could speak Latin fluently. A rare art these days. Oh and besides his native Polish, he could also converse in: Slovak, Russian, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Ukrainian, and English.Saint John Paul II received his call to the priesthood when he once accidentally “caught” his father praying alone during the night on his knees.Saint John Paul II was an expert on Saint John of Cross and the Carmelite...
  • Greatest fruit of WYD has been vocations, organizer says

    04/14/2014 3:53:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | April 14, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Paul Jarzembowski speaks with CNA on April 10, 2014 Credit: Marco Gandolfo/CNA Vatican City, Apr 14, 2014 / 05:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent gathering discussing preparations for World Youth Day in Krakow, a coordinator for the event emphasized how each year many youths receive the courage to answer their vocational call. “Year after year, the first thing we’ve seen is vocations. There are a lot of people who feel the call to serve the Church at this gathering,” Paul Jarzembowski expressed during an April 10 interview with CNA. “Perhaps it’s the call of the Holy Father, perhaps it’s...
  • The Lord in a Plastic Cup - Giving Communion at WYD in Rio

    08/06/2013 5:54:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 75 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | Tuesday, August 6, 2013 | Tancred
    Tuesday, August 6, 2013 The Lord in a Plastic Cup -- Giving Communion at WYD in Rio (Rio de Janeiro) scurrilous, thoughtless, horrifying forms of an unworthy giving of Communion and a similar reception are customary to Catholics. At World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro the poor understanding of the Eucharist has reached a new high point of slovenliness. Pope Benedict XVI. went with his example and gave Holy Communion only to those faithful who knelt and received on the tongue. It was a contribution to the restoration of reverence and comprehension for the Holy. The priests employed were...
  • Vatican announces indulgences for World Youth Day

    07/09/2013 10:22:45 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 98 replies
    CNS ^ | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To help encourage prayers for a spiritually fruitful World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, the Vatican announced July 9 that Pope Francis authorized a special indulgence for those who attend the event's liturgies and prayer services or follow along online in the proper spirit of prayer and contrition. Pope Francis decreed that World Youth Day participants can receive one plenary, or full, indulgence a day if they meet the usual conditions. World Youth Day runs July 23-28; the pope arrives July 22. An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment a person is due...
  • From the IOR to the gay lobby: Pope Francis tells all on flight from Rio to Rome

    07/29/2013 6:37:08 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider - LaStampa ^ | 07/29/2013 | Andrea Tornielli
    "On flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome" Journalists fired improvised questions at the Pope for one hour and twenty minutes. The Pope agreed to hold the press conference straight after take-off, despite how tired he was after an eventful World Youth Day week in Brazil. Francis surprised journalists with his willingness to answer all questions put to him, even those which touched on really thorny issues like the reform of the Vatican Bank (IOR), the Ricca case, the gay lobby, Vatileaks and even the content of the black leather bad he carried on to the plane which flew him...
  • Krakow to host next World Youth Day

    07/28/2013 9:32:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | July 28, 2013
    Polish pilgrims celebrate after hearing the news that the next World Youth Day will be hosted by Krakow, Poland in 2016. Credit: Estefania Aguirre/CNA. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 09:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “The next World Youth Day in the year 2016 will be in Krakow, in Poland!” the Pope said at the close of Sunday Mass in Rio July 28. The event is sure to attract millions. Bl. Pope John Paul II was Archbishop of Krakow before his election to the papacy. The archdiocese has about 1.5 million Catholics and over 1,100 diocesan priests across 439...
  • 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...
  • Pope Francis Urges Catholics To Shake Up Dioceses

    07/26/2013 3:59:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    My Way ^ | July 26, 2013l | Nicole Winfield,Marco Sibaja,Jenny Barchfield
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Pope Francis has shown the world his rebellious side, urging young Catholics to shake up the church and make a "mess" in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith. It's a message he put into practice by visiting one of Rio's most violent slums and opening the church's World Youth Day on a rain-soaked Copacabana Beach.
  • Slum Trip, Mass Youth Meeting Await Pope In Rio

    07/25/2013 6:06:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 25, 2013l | Nicole Winfield,Jenny Barchfield
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis will bless the Olympic flag, visit a slum and address upward of 1 million young Roman Catholics in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach on Thursday, as Latin America's first pope continued his inaugural international trip as pontiff.
  • 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...
  • Half A Million Catholics Flock To Copacabana Beach

    07/24/2013 2:17:18 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    France 24 ^ | July 24, 2013l | Siobhan Silke
    Hundreds of thousands of young Catholics have gathered Wednesday on Copacabana beach as World Youth Day kicks off. Pope Francis will make a first appearance at the gathering on Thursday.
  • Fears Grow For Pope's Safety In Brazil

    07/24/2013 3:10:57 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 24, 2013l | Nick Squires and Donna Bowater
    The Pontiff was forced to arrive at Guanabara palace, the house of the governor of Rio state, by military helicopter, as protesters clashed with riot police using tear gas, water cannon and stun grenades.
  • Pope Francis: Welcome Ceremony in Rio (full text)

    07/22/2013 3:48:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7/22/2013
    Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday, beginning a week-long Apostolic visit to mark the twenty-eighth World Youth Day. After a brief formal greeting at Rio’s Galeăo airport, the Holy Father proceeded to Guanabara Palace for the official Welcoming Ceremony, where he was received by the President of Brazil, Dilma Vana Rousseff Linhares, the Governor of Rio State, Sergio Cabral Filho, and the Mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes. In her formal remarks, the President expressed joy and gratitude at the Holy Father’s visit. The Holy Father returned those sentiments, and placed...
  • Pope Francis Warns Of Perils Of Global Unemployment

    07/22/2013 1:45:22 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 22, 2013l | Stacy Meichtry,Nicholas Casey
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE—Widespread youth unemployment is creating a generation of the jobless, Pope Francis said Monday, setting the tone for a weeklong visit to Brazil that marks the first foreign trip of his papacy.
  • EWTN WORLD YOUTH DAY PROGRAMMING AND EVENTS (Mark your calendars)

    07/22/2013 8:33:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    EWTN ^ | July 22, 2013
    WORLD YOUTH DAY PROGRAMMING AND EVENTS Welcome CeremonyMon. Jul. 22 at 2:45 PM ET & 9 PM ETHis Holiness Pope Francis arrives in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for the 2013 World Youth Day, following a Papal Welcoming Ceremony and a ceremonial reception. Life on the Rock Special from RioTues. July 23 at 10 AM ET Opening MassTue. July 23 at 5:30 PM ET, Wed. July 24 at 12 AM ETOpening Mass with Pope Francis Mass at National Shrine of AparecidaWed. July 24 at 8:30 AM ET & 9:30 PM ET, Thurs. July 25 at 12 AM ETHis Holiness Pope...
  • Pope Visits Brazil During Pivotal Time For Country

    07/21/2013 11:08:44 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 22, 2013l | John Lyons,Loretta Chao
    RIO DE JANEIRO—Thousands of young Catholics streamed into this seaside city anticipating the expected arrival on Monday of Pope Francis, who is making his first major overseas trip as pontiff to a country convulsed lately by mass student protests and seen as crucial to the future of the church.
  • 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...
  • Pope Francis' accommodations for World Youth Day revealed

    07/15/2013 3:28:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | July 15, 2012
    The room where Pope Francis will stay during his visit to Brazil for World Youth Day Rio 2013. Credit: Intermirifica.net. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 15, 2013 / 01:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has posted a series of photos of the room where Pope Francis will stay during his visit to Brazil for World Youth Day, which will take place July 23-28. The accommodations are located at the Sumare House in Rio de Janeiro, where Blessed John Paul II also stayed in October, 1997. The late pontiff had traveled to Brazil for the Second World...
  • In the face of the storm, Pope Benedict stood strong

    10/13/2011 2:02:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | October 13, 2011 | David Kerr
    World Youth Day pilgrims during the storm that swept across Cuatro Vientos airfield. Credit: Official WYD Flickr.com-madrid11 Rome, Italy, Oct 13, 2011 / 03:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As thunder, lightning and wind whipped through the World Youth Day prayer vigil this past August, Pope Benedict XVI was advised to leave the event three times. But he insisted that if the young people stayed, then he would too. The revelation comes from a young Honduran woman was who stood next to the Pope throughout the event. “The masters of ceremony were asking him if the wanted to leave because it was raining,...
  • John Paul the Great and the Denver World Youth Day "Miracle"

    03/12/2011 11:20:32 AM PST · by swissguard007 · 28 replies
    johnpaulmoments.com ^ | 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...
  • Spain’s largest gay rights group condemns homosexual ‘kiss-in’ protests at World Youth Day

    08/26/2011 4:13:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 26, 2011 | MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN
    MADRID, August 26, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Spain’s largest homosexual organization, the Spanish Confederation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender People (COLEGAS), has issued a statement condemning “kiss-ins” and other forms of protest carried out by homosexuals against the pope and Catholics at the country’s recently-concluded World Youth Day. The organization has issued a communiqué not only denouncing the protests, but has called for the “immediate dismissal” of the government’s delegate to Madrid, Dolores Carrión, for allowing the vulgar protests to take place. The organization noted its differences with the Catholic Church on sexual morals and condoms, but added, “we cannot...
  • Pope tells young to build on their faith, share it with the world {Ecumenical}

    08/23/2011 11:58:35 PM PDT · by Cronos
    Catholic San Francisco ^ | 23 Aug 2011 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Benedict XVI saw that 1.4 million young people could be buffeted by gusty winds and drenched by a driving rain and still fall silently to their knees to adore the Eucharist. At the final Mass closing the 26th World Youth Day Aug. 21, the pope challenged the Catholic pilgrims to take that faith, make it grow and share it with the world. Despite the hardships of getting to the Cuatro Vientos military air base in blistering heat Aug. 20 and the downpour during the nighttime vigil with the pope, hundreds of thousands of young people from around the world...
  • A Real Pilgrimage Experience (US Youth describes experience + 2 videos)

    08/22/2011 7:12:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Footprints on the Journey ^ | August 21, 2011
    What a way to end the pilgrimage! This morning, I gathered with a million other young people to celebrate at the Papal Mass, held on the Cuatro Vientos airfield. It is a moment I will not forget. Most pilgrims headed out to the field the night before for Eucharistic Adoration with Pope Benedict XVI and spent the night sleeping out in the field. The field itself was a massive open space, mostly dirt and dust, with no shade from the sun or heat. However, that did not deter any of the pilgrims there, and merely added to the unforgettable experience....
  • Pope announces next World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro (in 2013)

    08/22/2011 6:55:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | August 21, 2011 | David Kerr
    Pilgrims from Brazil celebrate after the announcement of WYD2014 in Rio de Janeiro Madrid, Spain, Aug 21, 2011 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Rio de Janeiro in Brazil will host World Youth Day in 2013, Pope Benedict XVI told a million young pilgrims after celebrating Mass at Mardrid’s Cuarto Vientos airbase on August 21.“Even now, let us ask the Lord to assist all those who will organize it and to ease the journey there of young people from all over the world, so that they will be able to join me in that beautiful city of Brazil,” the Pope...
  • A rare breed: the World Youth Day pilgrim from communist China

    08/22/2011 6:47:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | August 21, 2011 | David Kerr
    Thomas Zeng, WYD pilgrim from China Madrid, Spain, Aug 21, 2011 / 01:19 pm (CNA).- The final Mass of World Youth Day was a sea of national flags. In the million-strong crowd, however, it was hard to find one particular flag – China. That’s until CNA bumped into Thomas Zeng.“This week has been absolutely fascinating,” said the university student who’s traveled all the way from Shanghai to be at World Youth Day in Madrid. Thomas says he doesn’t know of any other pilgrims from China.“It is wonderful that I can meet so many Catholics, more than one million. That...
  • Pope loses hat, 2 million excited kids cry, whoop, cheer as he drives in their midst

    08/21/2011 2:05:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Beliefnet ^ | August 21, 2011 | Rob Kerby
    The pope speaks despite the storm Despite gusting winds that blew off his hat and driving rain that cut short his sermon, Pope Benedict XVI spoke to a crowd that the Associated Press estimated at ”more than a million young people” Saturday night.In the middle of the crowd was 19-year-old Blanca Beas from Green Forest, Arkansas, who for a week has faithfully sent home photos and updates of her pilgrimage with 30 other kids and chaperones from two rural parishes near the Missouri border.“Pulling an all nighter with the Pope!! ” she texted home to anxious parents and friends worried...
  • World's Largest Youth Flashmob Descends upon Madrid

    08/20/2011 4:11:27 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 31 replies · 1+ views
    JMJ2011 ^ | 082011 | self
    video http://madrid11.com/Hunh, guess the media doesn't want to cover this mob.Probably 'cuz it's their kindgdom that's being looted and burned.
  • News media skip World Youth Day (Where are all the social commentaries now? )

    08/20/2011 1:09:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | August 20, 2011 | Sheila Liaugminas
    And thus, one of the biggest stories on the planet right now. Certainly, the most positive and hopeful one at the moment. Where are all the social commentaries now? After weeklong rioting and violence in London by hostile youth mobs seized world media attention in continuous news cycles filled with political and social analysis, we have a weeklong ‘event’ in another European capital with a million young people pouring in from all over the globe and it’s largely and intentionally ignored by big media. Never mind them. Here’s the story. On the eve of Pope Benedict XVI’s arrival in Madrid,...
  • Lunch with Pope in Madrid, an unforgettable experience for 12 pilgrims

    08/20/2011 10:02:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | August 20, 2011
    Lunch with Pope Benedict XVI (Credit: Official WYD Twitter.com) Madrid, Spain, Aug 20, 2011 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- World Youth Day volunteers who were selected to have lunch with Pope Benedict XVI on August 19 experienced a relaxed, communal and exciting atmosphere, sharing their thoughts and experiences.“The Pope was very happy, (and) laughed with all of us. That is a side of him that I wish more people would know, because it is not well known,” said 33-year old Juan Carlos Piedra, from Ecuador, in an interview with CNA.Piedra was one of twelve World Youth Day 2011 volunteers...
  • Kenyan father and son made sacrifices to make it to Madrid

    08/20/2011 9:56:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | August 20, 2011 | Lorna Cruz
    Lucas and Laurent Masila Madrid, Spain, Aug 20, 2011 / 11:37 am (CNA).- It took a long trip, and “a lot of sacrifice,” for Lucas Masila and his 6-year old son Laurent to make it to Madrid for World Youth Day 2011. But they're glad to be here, and to have their faith strengthened by Pope Benedict XVI. “It was not easy to come, so we are thankful,” Masila told CNA on August 20. Catholics, he said, “are the majority in Kenya,” but “it is challenging, because of the hardships …  Social-economic situations make it hard, but we are...
  • Mood changes as pope, young people reflect on suffering in Way of Cross

    08/20/2011 9:40:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cns ^ | August 20, 2011 | Cindy Wooden and Gretchen R. Crowe
    Young people carry the World Youth Day cross during the Way of the Cross led by Pope Benedict XVI in Madrid Aug. 19. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Cindy Wooden and Gretchen R. CroweCatholic News Service MADRID (CNS) -- The mood at World Youth Day changed dramatically late Aug. 19 as Pope Benedict XVI and hundreds of thousands of young people turned their thoughts to suffering. The vividly painted, graphic statues that illustrated each station of Jesus' passion and death were accompanied by meditations focused on individuals, groups and nations enduring serious suffering today. Many young people -- even those blocks...
  • Pope proclaims St John of Avila Doctor of the Universal Church

    08/20/2011 6:39:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | August 20, 2011
    Pope Benedict proclaimed St. John of Avila Doctor of the Universal church on Saturday at a Mass for young seminarians in the cathedral of Santa María la Real de La Almudena in Madrid. Emer McCarthy reports from the Spanish capital:On Saturday, to the joy of Spaniards, priests and Catholics around the world Pope Benedict XVI declared St John of Avila Doctor of the Universal Church.Madrid’s neo-gothic cathedral of Santa María la Real de La Almudena filled with the voices of young men raised in prayer Saturday morning, the future pastors of the Spanish Church. “Looking at you”, - Pope Benedict...
  • WYD 2011 - Way of the Cross in the Plaza de Cibeles

    08/20/2011 6:27:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    EWTN ^ | August 19, 2011
    It was the first great ecclesial event of this 26th WYD to take place in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI, and it was the very essence of Spanish devotion. The world had come to Madrid and Madrid brought the Iberian Holy Week and in particular, their Way of the Cross, to the world stage. Fraternities, ancient guilds of artisans, custodians of Stations had carried the precious statues from all four corners of the nation to Madrid’s Cibeles square. The station from Malaga leaving the city boundaries for the first time in its centuries old history.The sun was still high,...
  • Pope laments 'amnesia' about God (Pope in Spain)

    08/19/2011 8:38:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    CBC News ^ | August 19, 2011
    Pope Benedict XVI, centre, arrives at San Lorenzo del Escorial monastery in Madrid on Friday, part of a four-day visit for the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day festivities. (Arturo Rodriguez/Associated Press)Pope Benedict XVI lamented modern society's "amnesia" about God as he travelled Friday to a famed Spanish monastery on the second day of his four-day visit for the Roman Catholic Church's world youth festival.Several hundred young nuns cheered, waved flags and performed the "wave" at El Escorial monastery as they waited for Benedict inside a courtyard of a 16th-century complex, a UNESCO world heritage site about 50 kilometres northwest...
  • WYD 2011 - Meeting with University Professors, El Escorial, Spain (full text + photos)

    08/19/2011 6:03:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    EWTN ^ | August 19, 2011
    Pope Benedict XVI attends the monastery of El Escorial in San Lorenzo de El Escorial on the second day of his four-day visit to Spain coinciding with the World Youth Day festivities August 19, 2011. Your Eminence,My Brother Bishops,Dear Augustinian Fathers,Dear Professors,Distinguished Authorities,Dear Friends, I have looked forward to this meeting with you, young professors in the universities of Spain. You provide a splendid service in the spread of truth, in circumstances that are not always easy. I greet you warmly and I thank you for your kind words of welcome and for the music which has marvellously resounded in...
  • Archbishop Chaput tells youth: Intimacy with Christ not based solely on feelings

    08/18/2011 1:45:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | August 18, 2011
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput speaks at a WYD catechesis session in Madrid Madrid, Spain, Aug 18, 2011 / 12:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop-designate of Philadelphia Charles J. Chaput told thousands of young people gathered in Madrid for World Youth Day that an authentic relationship with Christ isn't based purely on emotions. “Ultimately, it will not be how you feel that will determine how genuine and profound your encounter with Jesus is,” he told pilgrims. “Instead, it will be determined by how much you are transformed into Him and how much you burn in the desire to bring Him to...
  • A life built on Christ leads to happiness, Pope tells youth in Madrid

    08/18/2011 1:33:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | August 18, 2011 | Marianne Medlin
    Pope Benedict XVI gestures to the crowd as he arrives at Madrid's Cibeles square Thursday Aug. 18, 2011. The Pope arrived Thursday for a four-day visit to celebrate World Youth Day. Madrid, Spain, Aug 18, 2011 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told the hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims at World Youth Day in Madrid that they will be happy and at peace if they center their lives on the “solid rock” of Jesus Christ. Build “your lives upon the firm foundation which is Christ,” he urged. “Then you will be blessed and happy and your happiness...
  • Vatican rebuffs Madrid protesters (WYD costs Spanish taxpayers nothing)

    08/18/2011 9:58:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    ansa ^ | August 18, 2011
    (ANSA) - Vatican City, August 18 - As Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Madrid Thursday, Vatican Radio released a statement rebuffing claims from angry Spanish protesters that the pontiff's visit for World Youth Day was an unfair burden on taxpayers. "The event will not cost anything" for Spain, it said. "The burden will fall on the church, the pilgrims, and private donors," it added, citing Spanish Government Spokesman Jose Blanco. The Spanish leftist union CGT instead estimated that the real cost to taxpayers is around 100 million euros when taking into account security, public buildings and spaces made available,...
  • Admit faith is weak, New York archbishop tells young people in Madrid

    08/18/2011 6:10:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | August 17, 2011 | Gretchen R. Crowe
    Archbishop Dolan greets World Youth Day pilgrims from New York in Madrid. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Gretchen R. CroweCatholic News Service MADRID (CNS) -- World Youth Day pilgrims got down to business in Madrid Aug. 17 as the first catechesis classes taught by archbishops and bishops were held in locations throughout the city. Sessions were divided by languages, and pilgrims were encouraged to go to the session closest to their accommodations. At San Ricardo Church, northwest of the city center, cheers and cries of welcome greeted New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan as a group of approximately 350 young people...
  • Pope denounces profit-at-all mentality behind economic crisis hitting Europe (arrives in Spain)

    08/18/2011 5:58:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    680 News ^ | August 18, 2011
    Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives at Madrid's Barajas airport from Rome, August 18, 2011. The Pope arrived in Spain's capital for a four-day visit culminating in a mass on Sunday in the Cuatro Vientos aerodrome which over two million people are expected to attend. MADRID - Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday denounced the profit-at-all-cost mentality he says is behind Europe's current economic crisis. The pontiff insisted that morals and ethics must play a greater role in formulating economic policy in the future."Man must be at the centre of the economy and the economy must not be measured only...
  • World Youth Day priests granted power to lift abortion excommunications (Catholic Caucus)

    08/17/2011 2:07:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 16, 2011 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    MADRID, Spain, August 16, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, has granted all of the 2,000 priests attending World Youth Day this week the special power to the lift the excommunication and to grant absolution in confession to those who have committed the sin of abortion. According to the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law, any person who procures an abortion is automatically excommunicated from the Church (can. 1398).  This penalty – the worst penalty there is under canon law - can only be lifted by the pope and bishops, as well as...
  • At opening Mass, WYD pilgrims begin 'days you will never forget'

    08/16/2011 3:25:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cns ^ | August 16, 2011 | Gretchen R. Crowe
    Pilgrims fill Madrid's Plaza de Cibeles for the opening Mass of World Youth Day. The Aug. 16 Mass was dedicated to Blessed John Paul II, who hosted the first such international gathering of Catholic youths in Argentina in 1987. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Gretchen R. CroweCatholic News Service MADRID (CNS) -- A cloudless blue sky turned to inky night as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims participated in the opening Mass for World Youth Day, celebrated by Madrid Cardinal Antonio Rouco Varela in the Plaza de Cibeles. Protected from the heat by white umbrellas and streams of soft mists, dozens of...
  • Japan represented at World Youth Day, despite its few Catholics

    08/16/2011 3:17:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | August 16, 2011 | Lorna Cruz
    Tetsu Itoh and Kyoko Kitagawa hold their Love from Japan banner in Madrid Madrid, Spain, Aug 15, 2011 / 07:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although Japan's population is only one percent Catholic, two World Youth Day pilgrims from that country are getting a lot of attention for their handmade banner that says “Love from Japan.” “A friend of ours stitched it – it is the Virgin Mary, all the way from Japan,” said Tetsu Itoh, a World Youth Day social media volunteer who explained the attention-grabbing banner to CNA.The light gray banner depicts the Virgin Mary wearing traditional Asian attire, holding the boy Jesus,...
  • September 11 flag arrives at World Youth Day

    08/16/2011 3:05:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | August 16, 2011 | David Kerr
    Pilgrims from the Brooklyn diocese display the 9/11 flag A U.S. flag that has appeared at every World Youth Day over the past decade in remembrance of 9/11 victims has arrived in Madrid. The flag originally belonged to the family of a young Catholic woman from Brooklyn who was killed in the 2001 terror attack on the World Trade Center. “This flag was given to the family of Suzanne Geraty,” said Fr. Gerard Sauer, chaplain to the World Youth Day pilgrims from the Brooklyn diocese. “She was a parishioner of mine and I buried her,” he told CNA. Thirty-year-old...
  • WORLD YOUTH DAY 2011 TELEVISION COVERAGE

    08/16/2011 4:58:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    EWTN ^ | August 16, 2011
    Tuesday, Aug. 16: Opening Mass (Live) World Youth Day begins with a Mass in Madrid´s Cibeles Square, presided over by the archbishop of Madrid and concelebrated by the bishops and priests participating in WYD2 PM ET (Live) & Wed. Aug. 17, 12 AM ET (Encore) Wednesday, Aug. 17: Life on the Rock WYD Special Father Mark Mary, M.F.V.A. and Doug Barry host a special World Youth Day edition of Life on the Rock, Live from Madrid, Spain.12 PM ET, Thurs. Aug. 18, 9 PM ET (Encore),Fri. Aug. 19, 9 AM ET (Encore), Sat. Aug. 20, 1 AM ET (Encore)...
  • Archbishop Dolan Named World Youth Day Catechist (along with 7 others from US)

    07/28/2011 1:37:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cny ^ | July 28, 2011
    The Pontifical Council for the Laity has named eight U.S. bishops, including Archbishop Dolan, to lead English-language catechetical sessions during World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid. They will be among 250 bishop-catechists, representing many different countries and languages, who will lead catechetical sessions Aug. 17-19 at various sites around the metropolitan area of Spain’s capital city. The U.S. prelates chosen by the council, official sponsor of the Aug. 16-21 youth gathering, are: Archbishop Dolan, who also is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Cardinals Francis E. George of Chicago and Sean P. O’Malley of Boston; Archbishop Charles J....
  • 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...
  • 500 year-old monstrance to be used at 2011 World Youth Day

    07/13/2010 1:51:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies
    cna ^ | July 13, 2010
    Madrid, Spain, Jul 13, 2010 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pilgrims attending World Youth Day in Madrid next year will see a monstrance from the 15th century that is known as “the finest example of Spanish silverwork of all time.” The Monstrance of Arfe will used during a time of Eucharist adoration led by Pope Benedict XVI at the international youth gathering. According to a press release, the monstrance “is popularly known for being used during the Corpus Christi procession each year in Toledo.  It measures almost 9 feet tall and is made of gold and silver.” Francisco Portela, professor of Art...
  • Catholic youth day pilgrims seek Aussie asylum

    08/12/2008 11:54:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 52+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 12, 2008
    CANBERRA - About 20 Catholic pilgrims who attended World Day Youth services in Australia with Pope Benedict XVI last month have claimed asylum, with more applications expected, refugee advocates said on Tuesday. The majority of applicants were from Africa, including Zimbabwe, where political and economic upheaval have driven millions to flee, as well as Cameroon, Burundi and Kenya, the Sydney-based Asylum Seeker Centre said. "We are seeing utter destitution, we see malnutrition, we are seeing depression, we see homelessness. People are coming to us from a place of crisis," centre spokeswoman Tamara Domicelj told Reuters. Rights watchdog Amnesty International said...