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Sightseeing in Madrid Post-World Youth Day (4938)

Our Register staffer is taking in the beauty and excitement of WYD's host city: a soccer game and a meal at the world's oldest restaurant.

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Rachel Howell

– Rachel Howell

World Youth Day 2011 came to a close yesterday, Aug. 21, to the sorrow of all of us here in this beautiful city.

We have experienced so much, made so many new friends, and been introduced to our faith in a totally new light. Despite the hardships of WYD, and the difficulties any city has in hosting such a gigantic event, it remains an amazing testament of faith to the whole world.

The Holy Father’s words to the English-speaking world yesterday especially touched my group of pilgrims from the United States. Maybe it was the days of trying to understand and wishing we spoke Spanish that made it especially awesome to hear the greeting in our own language: “I greet all the English-speaking...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Victory Hailed in Arizona (3122)

Catholics applaud end of abortions at seven Planned Parenthood businesses.

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Wikipedia

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PHOENIX (EWTN News) — Catholic backers of new Arizona abortion regulations are happy that Planned Parenthood of Arizona is no longer offering abortions at seven of its 10 locations after new laws were passed.

“We are very blessed to hear this news in Arizona,” said Ron Johnson, director of the Arizona Catholic Conference. “For once, we applaud Planned Parenthood for something they’ve done.”
Planned Parenthood has ceased abortions in Yuma, Flagstaff, Prescott Valley, Goodyear, Chandler, Phoenix and one Tucson location, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

The new requirements will allow “lots of important things to happen,” Johnson told EWTN News Aug. 19. However, he noted that Planned...READ MORE

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Students Put Faith on Film ... and Won Trip to World Youth Day (3605)

Winning video on confession sent young filmmakers to Madrid.

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The Tablet

Melinda Collins and George Simon are interviewed for Currents, the Catholic daily news program that airs on NET-NY in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

– The Tablet

Melinda Collins and George Simon were just two of the tens of thousands of young Americans at World Youth Day in Madrid. Like youth from all over the world, they’ll surely have many precious memories of the youth event with Pope Benedict XVI.

For Collins and Simon, the road to World Youth Day was an unexpected one.

They are budding filmmakers and students at John Paul the Great University in San Diego, a new institution dedicated to training young Catholics in new media. Their video, Get Clean, swept past all other entries to win the grand prize in a national contest for a YouTube video on confession. It garnered them large monetary prizes, kept one of them in school, and...READ MORE

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Back to School Saint Advice, The Power of Beauty, The New Addiction, and much more! (2593)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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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

...READ MORE

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Good News From Our Lady of Good Help (2296)

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

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Wikipedia

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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...READ MORE

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Pope Says Farewell to Youth at World Youth Day: Give a Bold Witness of Christian Living (3143)

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

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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' (2210)

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

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News.va

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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.

...READ MORE

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London Riots: The Legacy of Social Inequality or Proof of Moral Collapse? (3506)

An interview with veteran journalist and Londoner Joanna Bogle.

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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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