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Opening Mass Welcomes Pilgrims to WYD (2847)

Day 2 in Madrid: What an incredible, amazing day!

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Rachel Howell

– Rachel Howell

Today was so full that I cannot do justice to it. From the amazing guides provided by Youth in Europe (which will soon be changing its name to JMJ Youth), to the patient security guards on the crowded metro, it seems the Holy Spirit is touching everyone.

Our day began with a little clash in cultures — not Spain and the United States, but Northeast/Pennsylvania and Southeast/Alabama. Our groups both have the same guide, and our poor friends from Philly had to put up with us Alabamians running out the door.

We are not known for keeping schedules, and our completely opposite friends are perfectly themed, even down to their matching neon green T-shirts. It must be a case of divine Providence...READ MORE

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Compulsory Sex Ed in New York (3926)

Parents of public school children forced to give up rights to be primary educators.

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– Sonya Etchison/Shutterstock.com

NEW YORK — Catholic leaders in New York City are decrying a new mandate that students in the city’s public middle and high schools attend sex-education classes.

Beginning in the second semester of the 2011-2012 academic year, the city schools’ health curriculum will include lessons on puberty, birth control, teen pregnancy, preventing sexually transmitted diseases and getting help with sexual decisions, among several topics.

The New York City Department of Education says the curriculum will also include lessons on abstinence and purity, resisting sexual pressure and avoiding high-risk situations, but some classroom instructions would also have sixth- and seventh-grade students learning...READ MORE

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Manga Pope (2624)

California comic mogul donates cartoon catechesis to World Youth Day. Aug. 14 issue feature.

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Manga Hero

– Manga Hero

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — A comic book entitled Habemus Papam!, chronicling the life of Pope Benedict XVI, will be distributed during the World Youth Day gathering in Madrid, Spain, Aug. 16-21.

Manga Hero, based in San Rafael, Calif., is behind the content. Jonathan Lin created the exclusively, and unapologetically, Catholic comic book-publishing company in 2010. He uses an Asian twist on the more traditional superhero comic books with which Americans are familiar.

His decision to get involved with World Youth Day 2011 is an example of divine Providence at work.

“I have a friend who knew someone who worked at the World Youth Day headquarters, who then told me where to submit a proposal to World...READ MORE

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Sept. 11 Flag Comes to World Youth Day (1983)

On Aug. 16, it led several hundred young people from the Diocese of Brooklyn towards their first destination: the opening ceremony for English-speaking pilgrims.

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CNA website

– CNA website

MADRID (EWTN News/CNA) — 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 Father 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 EWTN News.

The 30-year-old was a systems-support worker for the financial services company Cantor Fitzgerald.

“So we honor her and all those who perished in 9/11 by bringing...READ MORE

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Of Cassocks and Demons, Active Participation, How Aux Bishops are Selected, and much more! (2983)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Of Cassocks and Demons. Read Fr. Dwight Longenecker's post on witnessing our faith by clicking his link.

Benedict XVI and the Jews - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Of Cassocks and Demons - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Active Participation - Mac McLernon, Mulier Fortis

How are Auxiliary Bishops Selected? - Fr. Dowd, Waiting in Joyful Hope

Chitchat with a Roving Atheist - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Trying to Fly with One Wing: Classification of Things - Stanley D. Williams PhD, Catholic Lane

The Question of Embryo Adoption is Closed - Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro, LifeSiteNews.com

A Teacher’s Perspective on the UK Riots - Marissa K. Nichols, The Theology of Laundry

Remember When Candidates Didn’t Have to Defend Their Christianity? - Lisa Graas


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Church Closings: Is Bigger Better? (5395)

Parish mergers lead to “supersized” congregations, and some experts applaud the shift.

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FUTURE CHURCH? With parish closings and mergers on the rise, is the Catholic Church moving toward a supersized model, such as the more than 2,700-seat Crystal Cathedral in California?

– Gertjan Hooijer/Shutterstock.com

WAYLAND, Mass. — Church closings have fueled a sense of loss and anger at the fallout from clergy-abuse settlements, and even appeals to the Vatican.

But some experts say the faithful must rethink their views about parish life — starting with the axiom that “small is beautiful.”

Father James Laughlin, pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, in Wayland, Mass., has experienced the benefits of a larger congregation first hand.

Once he shuttled between two small parishes, with double budgets, staffs and Mass schedules. But in January, the two parishes merged, the final step of a two-year process that involved multiple committees and consultants — but avoided any protracted standoff or appeals to...READ MORE

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Madrid Cardinal 'Delighted' With U.S. Turnout (2683)

Cardinal Antonio Ruoco: 'There is such a long and warm relationship between the people of Spain and the United States that it is natural that the U.S. pilgrims will feel very at home here in Spain.'

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– Wikipedia

Cardinal Antonio Ruoco, the archbishop of Madrid, said the missions begun by Spanish Franciscans link the people of Spain to those of the United States, and he is “delighted” with the turnout of U.S. pilgrims for World Youth Day.

Cardinal Ruoco, in what may be one the busiest days of his life, granted a brief interview to the Register as he prepared to open World Youth Day at a Mass for hundreds of thousands tonight in Plaza Cibeles, the major plaza in the center of Madrid. More than 4,000 members of the media sought press credentials for World Youth Day.

Cardinal Ruoco has been the archbishop of Madrid since 1996. He came to Spain’s capital from the Archdiocese of Santiago de...READ MORE

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Pope: What Mary's Assumption Means (3328)

The feast reminds us to have faith and gives us hope for the future.

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– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY(EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on Aug. 15, saying that the celebration gives Christians hope of a future united with Christ, both in this life and in heaven.

“This feast,” he said, “tells us that we too will be with Jesus in the joy of God and invites us to have courage, to believe that the power of the resurrection of Christ can work in us as well.”

From his summer residence at Castel Gandalfo, just south of Rome, the Pope celebrated Mass in the morning on Monday and later led the Angelus prayer at noon.

He remarked during his homily that the feast day serves to inspire the faithful to evangelize modern...READ MORE

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