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Back to School Saint Advice, The Power of Beauty, The New Addiction, and much more! (2587)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/22/2011 Comment

The New Addiction, Creating Idols out of Smart Phones. Click on Anna Williams link to learn more.

Back-to-School Saint Advice - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

Extraordinary Form Requiem, Mobile, Alabama, USA - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

VirtuousPla.net, The Social Network for Young Adult Catholics - The American Catholic

The Power of Beauty - Sarah, Fumbling Toward Grace

Archbishop Chaput: Support Catholic Media, Mainstream Media Unreliable - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

The New Addiction - Anna Williams, VirtuousPla.net

The Biblical Basis for the Papacy - John Bergsma, The Sacred Page

A New Doctor of the Church, And Seventeen More on Hold - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

Mormons, Catholics, and Online Success - Brandon Vogt, The Church and New Media


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Good News From Our Lady of Good Help (2292)

Pilgrims flock to Wisconsin shrine of only approved Marian apparition in the U.S. Aug. 14 issue feature.

08/22/2011 Comment

– Wikipedia

CHAMPION, Wis. — At the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help outside of Green Bay, Wis., it used to be that the largest crowds came each year for the Aug. 15 outdoor Mass with the bishop. However, according to longtime caretaker of the shrine Karen Tipps, every day is now like the feast of the Assumption.

“There is a night-and-day difference between the summer of 2010 and this summer,” Tipps said. “We are seeing 10 times the number of daily visitors we would typically have in the summer.”

That’s because last December, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Green Bay’s Bishop David Ricken announced that this shrine was an approved apparition site of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the only...READ MORE

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Pope Says Farewell to Youth at World Youth Day: Give a Bold Witness of Christian Living (3138)

Recitation of the Angelus Domini at Cuatro Vientos Airport, parting words, and announcement of next WYD in Brazil by Benedict XVI on Aug. 21.

08/22/2011 Comments (1)
World Youth Day Facebook

– World Youth Day Facebook

Dear friends,

You are now about to go back home. Your friends will want to know how you have changed after being in this lovely city with the Pope and with hundreds of thousands of other young people from around the world. What are you going to tell them? I invite you to give a bold witness of Christian living to them. In this way you will give birth to new Christians and will help the Church grow strongly in the hearts of many others.

During these days, how often I have thought of the young people at home who are waiting for your return! Take my affectionate greetings to them, to those less fortunate, to your families and to the Christian communities that you come from.

Let me also...READ MORE

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WYD Madrid 2011 Encouraged Youth 'Built Up in Jesus Christ' (2204)

More coverage of the blessed events: Pilgrims' faith grew, the Pope heard confessions, and St. John of Avila declared a doctor of the Church.

08/22/2011 Comment

– News.va

MADRID (EWTN News) — A week ago, Samantha Betor and Rosali Mendiz didn’t know each other. Now the teenage pair from Massachusetts are best friends, united in their Catholic faith, thanks to World Youth Day 2011.

“Oh my goodness. It’s been indescribable,” 17-year-old Mendiz, from Westfield, Mass., told EWTN News at the closing Mass at Cuarto Vientos airbase on Aug. 21.

“Just getting to see the Pope and stuff like that — I would never have thought in a million years I’d get this opportunity.” 

The two girls come from different parts of their state, but they were both part of a Diocese of Springfield, Mass., pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Madrid.

That changed both of their lives.


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London Riots: The Legacy of Social Inequality or Proof of Moral Collapse? (3497)

An interview with veteran journalist and Londoner Joanna Bogle.

08/22/2011 Comments (2)
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Junction area is sacked after the third night of riots, on Aug. 9 in London. Riots start spreading in London after Mark Duggan was shot dead by the police.

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When massive rioting and looting broke out this month across London, the British media quickly diagnosed the criminal behavior as the legacy of poor economic conditions and political unrest.
However, not everyone concurs with that analysis. A handful of England watchers proposed that the lawlessness on their streets was rather the symptom of a moral collapse across the nation.
Among those subscribing to this view, is veteran British Catholic journalist, blogger and broadcaster Joanna Bogle. Bogle was interviewed by email from her home in London. Her comments capture her grim assessment of the steady decline of moral and family values in England and its damaging effects on the nation’s...READ MORE

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The Final Blessings of World Youth Day: Prayer Vigil and Closing Mass (4123)

Our Register staffer reflects on the last days of WYD 2011 Madrid.

08/21/2011 Comments (2)
Rachel Howell

– Rachel Howell

People, people and more people — that is all I have seen for 24 hours. Group Alabama just returned to our hotel after one of the most incredible experiences I have ever been through.

First, we walked and walked in streets filled with people, only to arrive at the field where the closing Mass took place around noon Madrid time yesterday.

As far as the eye could see, people were walking, and then settling down into the dust to wait for the Holy Father. We were very fortunate to get there as early as we did because we got a good spot up against a fence.

For the next eight hours, we fought the lines for water and wished it would rain. It was so hot!

Little did we know our prayers would...READ MORE

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Pope Encourages Youth to Be Faithful Disciples of Christ at Closing Mass for WYD 2011 (3450)

Full text of Pope Benedict's homily at Cuatro Vientos Airport in Madrid on Aug. 21.

08/21/2011 Comment
World Youth Day Facebook

– World Youth Day Facebook

Dear young people,

In this celebration of the Eucharist, we have reached the high point of this World Youth Day. Seeing you here, gathered in such great numbers from all parts of the world, fills my heart with joy. I think of the special love with which Jesus is looking upon you. Yes, the Lord loves you and calls you his friends (John 15:15).

He goes out to meet you, and he wants to accompany you on your journey, to open the door to a life of fulfilment and to give you a share in his own closeness to the Father. For our part, we have come to know the immensity of his love, and we want to respond generously to his love by sharing with others the joy we have received.

Certainly, there...READ MORE

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Pope at Prayer Vigil Tells Youth to Remain in Christ's Love (3496)

Full text of homily Holy Father could not give entirely due to the rain on Aug. 20 at WYD.

08/20/2011 Comment
World Youth Day Facebook

– World Youth Day Facebook

Dear young friends,

I greet all of you, especially the young people who have asked me their questions, and I thank them for the sincerity with which they set forth their concerns, that express the longing which all of you have to achieve something great in life, something which can bring you fulfilment and happiness.

How can a young person be true to the faith and yet continue to aspire to high ideals in today’s society? In the Gospel we have just heard, Jesus gives us an answer to this urgent question: “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love” (John 15:9).

Yes, dear friends, God loves us. This is the great truth of our life; it is what makes everything else...READ MORE

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