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Pope Tells Youth 'May Christ's Love for Us Increase Your Joy' at Way of the Cross (2544)

Full text of Benedict XVI's speech in the Plaza de Cibeles in Madrid.

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– World Youth Day Facebook

Dear young people,

We have celebrated this Way of the Cross with fervor and devotion, following Christ along the path of his passion and death. The commentaries of the Little Sisters of the Cross, who serve the poor and most needy, have helped us enter into the mystery of Christ’s glorious cross, wherein is found God’s true wisdom, which judges the world and judges those who consider themselves wise (1 Corinthians 1:17-19).

We have also been assisted on this journey to Calvary by our contemplation of these wonderful images from the religious patrimony of the Spanish dioceses. In these images, faith and art combine, so as to penetrate our heart and summon us to conversion. When faith’s...READ MORE

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Over-sexualizing Theology of the Body (3369)

Bishop Jean Laffitte says the mystery of human and divine love can get lost.

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Bishop Jean Laffitte

– CNA/Knights of Columbus


DENVER — The secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family said an overemphasis of the sexual aspect of the theology of the body runs the risk of eliminating the depth and “mystery” involved in human and divine love.

Bishop Jean Laffitte said in an Aug. 3 interview, “The problem is: If you focus only on sexuality, you can’t develop beyond that, and you don’t see that this beauty is a gift given by the Creator, but in a much wider context.”

The bishop, in Denver for the Knights of Columbus’ annual convention, said when interpreting Blessed Pope John Paul II’s teachings, it is essential to first understand God’s design in creating man and woman.

Bishop Laffitte said...READ MORE

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Pope Encourages Young Religious Sisters and Professors to Teach the Truth at World Youth Day (2437)

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EWTN News website

– EWTN News website

MADRID (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI met with young religious sisters and later with young university professors on Aug. 19 at the royal site of El Estorial. He emphasized the importance of the sisters’ radical consecration and urged the professors to be a source of encouragement for students.

“The Pope spoke about a personal encounter with Christ, and that (encounter) is what fulfills us,” said Sister Ruth Martin, a 38-year-old sister of the recently founded religious community Ieuso Communio.

“It was a huge privilege — a great joy!” she told EWTN News, amid the cheering and singing of sisters from various communities.

The sisters of Ieuso Communio, as young as 18 years old,...READ MORE

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Unions and the Church: Lessons Learned From Wisconsin Battle (3839)

Bishops look to heal divisions among Catholics drawn into statewide debate.

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Opponents march in protest of Gov Scott Walker's bill to take away the bargaining rights of public workers on Feb. 19 in Madison, Wis.

– Suzanne Tucker / Shutterstock.com

MADISON, Wis. — The recall contests in Wisconsin this summer set a national record — an indication of how deep feelings run in the state.

The last recall elections ended Aug. 16 with Republicans still holding the state Legislature. But the partisan battle over the fate of pensions, benefits and collective bargaining rights for public-sector unions created painful divisions even among Catholics — and that still needs pastoral and catechetical attention.

Wisconsin’s Catholic bishops say it’s time to set aside the political divisions that have divided parish communities and even some families.

Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison has invited his flock to reconcile their differences. But he...READ MORE

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Catholic Madrid Will Awe World Youth Day Pilgrims (2726)

Highlights include centuries-old churches and world's highest chapel. Aug. 14 issue feature.

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Basilica of San Francisco el Grande

– Wikipedia

World Youth Day 2011 travelers will have plenty to do in Madrid. In addition to the WYD events, visitors can make a pilgrimage within a pilgrimage by visiting some important religious sites in the area. All but one is in Madrid itself.

Highlights range from centuries-old churches steeped in Spanish history to a two-year-old church considered the world’s highest Catholic chapel. Some are small, some huge. Many have liturgical art by Old World Masters. One even has a special connection to the founder of World Youth Day, John Paul II.

San Pedro el Leal Church and San Nicolás de los Servitas Church are the two oldest churches in Madrid. San Pedro was constructed shortly after San Nicolás, which...READ MORE

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'Use These Days to Know Christ Better,' Pope Benedict Tells Youth at World Youth Day (2390)

Young people give Holy Father an enthusiastic greeting in Madrid.

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The Pope is greeted by Spain's king and queen on Aug. 18 upon arriving in Madrid.

– Reuters

This article has been updated since the afternoon of Aug. 18.

MADRID (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Madrid for World Youth Day 2011 on Aug. 18 to the delight of a massive throng of young people. Over the next four days, he will meet and pray with more than a million young pilgrims.

“I come as the Successor of Peter, to confirm them all in the faith, with days of intense pastoral activity, proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life,” he said upon his arrival at Madrid’s Barajas Airport.

Pope Benedict was formally welcomed by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia of Spain, along with Cardinal Antonio Rouco of Madrid.

As military bands played the...READ MORE

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Cardinal O'Malley to WYD Youth: Go to Mass and Bring Your Friends (2147)

The archbishop of Boston said: 'It is at the Sunday Eucharist that we learn our identity as Christ’s family, where we witness to each other that we are believers and that we want to live as Jesus’ disciples.'

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– CNA website

MADRID (CNA/EWTN News) — Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston encouraged young people to faithfully attend Sunday Mass and to bring their friends to Jesus Christ.

“We live in a culture that is addicted to entertainment, but we don’t come to Mass to be entertained,” he told World Youth Day pilgrims at a morning catechesis session in central Madrid Aug. 17.

“Our presence there, gathered as a family, is of crucial importance. It is at the Sunday Eucharist that we learn our identity as Christ’s family, where we witness to each other that we are believers and that we want to live as Jesus’ disciples.”

Cardinal O’Malley addressed more than 1,000 young English-speaking pilgrims who were crammed...READ MORE

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Pope's 60 Years as Priest, Spiritual Heirloom, In Praise of the Cassock, and much more! (2300)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Receiving our Spiritual Matrimony. Click on Elizabeth Hillgrove's link to learn more about grandparents setting excellent examples of living virtuous Christian lives.

– God

60 Years a Priest, On the Anniversary of the Pope’s Ordination - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Ignatius Insight

Spiritual Heirloom - Elizabeth Hillgrove, VirtuousPla.net

In Praise of the Cassock from an Unexpected Source - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Cross & Eagle Catholic Blogging Award for Longest Post Title - The American Catholic

Zeba, the “Princess” Who Ran Away for Love - Mauro Pianti, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Receiving Gifts, a 1626 Missale Romanum & Galileo - Dr. Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

The Marriage Gap that’s Destroying Middle America - Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet

The Last Gasp of the Revolution that Failed - Mark P. Shea, Catholic and Enjoying It!

Deception for...READ MORE

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