Pope Benedict travelled by popemobile to the Randwick Jockey Club in Sydney on Sunday, conducting mass for up topeople attending the World Youth Day celebrations, which will next be held in Spain in SYDNEY, July 20 Reuters - Pope Benedict flew by helicopter on Sunday over hundreds of thousands of young Catholic pilgrims who staged an all-night vigil at Sydney's main horse racing track ahead of an outdoor papal mass. The pope was greeted by screaming, flag waving pilgrims.
The group Fortunate Families had belonged to the coalition for several years but left it in It is expected to draw 3 million people, includingPanamanians, according to local papers. Pope Francis will take part in the events and celebrate a penitential liturgy with juvenile detention center detainees, a Way of the Cross with young people, a prayer vigil with youth, and a Mass for World Youth Day participants.
Nicole Sotelo of Chicago, and Emily Jendzejec of Boston, will be present at teach-ins, prayer services, the massive all-night vigil on August 20 and the papal Mass on August 21, with prayer cards and rainbow pins reminding fellow Catholics that they must oppose discrimination against LGBT people not in spite of their faith, but because of it. World Youth Day, which is held every three years, is the largest gathering of young people in the world. Although focused primarily on worship and spirituality, the event includes teach-ins offered by bishops and organizations that have opposed any advancement of civil rights for LGBT people.
Hundreds of thousands of young people descending on Madrid this week for the Catholic church's World Youth Day — which features processions, group prayers and a mass with Pope Benedict XVI — are to get a "special" concession. Church leaders have ordered that anyone confessing, during this event, to having had an abortion — a sin punishable by excommunication — will be welcomed back into the church. Two hundred white wooden confession booths have been set up in Madrid's Buen Retiro park for the event, which started on Tuesday and runs until Sunday.
The dream went something like this I woke up in the morning and checked the headlines for the day as part of my morning ritual. The number one story was the Pope's apology.
Despite that, steadily fewer dioceses are volunteering to host a World Youth Day, perhaps daunted by the scale of the perceived challenges. But if you look at WYD budgets, this international youth gathering costs roughly the same amount as one Oscar award ceremony in Los Angeles. For the local dioceses organizing WYD, finding financial means is a gigantic challenge.
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British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Post categories: Religion. At the start of his visit to Madid, Pope Benedict stressed the value of spiritual friendships and encourged young people -- both Catholics and non-Catholics -- to lead "authentic lives, lives which are always worth living, in every circumstance, and which not even death can destroy".
Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future, nor of your weakness. These words, indeed, had never been said by the Pope, whose speech has been blocked by a tempest that stroke Cuatro Vientos. But it is in these words that the sense of the World Youth Day, and the future of Christianity, is included.