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Pope: WYD Pilgrims Are 'Precious Gift Which Gives Hope for the Future of the Church' (2577)

Holy Father also announced themes for next World Youth Days. Theme for Brazil in 2013: ‘Go and make disciples of all peoples.’

08/25/2011 Comment

Christ the Redeemer statue overlooks Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

– Wikipedia

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI has unveiled the theme for the next international World Youth Day to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2013.

“The motto will be the command of Jesus: ‘Go and make disciples of all peoples.’ Even now I entrust to the prayers of all the preparation of these very important appointments,” said the Pope in his Aug. 24 general audience at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo.

The theme is drawn from the resurrected Christ’s commission to his disciples, as chronicled in the Gospel of Matthew.

The Pope also unveiled the theme for next year’s World Youth Day, which will be held locally in the individual dioceses across the...READ MORE

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Teens Follow in the Footsteps of Saints (3101)

How holy lives inspire today’s young people. Aug. 28 print issue feature.

08/25/2011 Comments (1)
Melissa Hartog photo illustration

– Melissa Hartog photo illustration

Do the lives of the Church’s saints still make an impression on teens?

According to Eddie Cotter Jr., founder of the Dead Theologian Society, the answer is an emphatic “Yes.”

“I believe that young people are interested in the lives of the saints now more than ever. Partly because most are so unfamiliar to them, and it’s an entirely new discovery. It is literally like they have just discovered a gold mine,” says Cotter.

Cotter should know. Since 1997, he has witnessed thousands of high-school lives changed through the Dead Theologian Society’s (DTS) program. At the heart of this parish-based youth ministry is a mission to inspire the youth of today to become the saints of...READ MORE

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Pope's Essentials to Youth Ministry, Book Review: Catholicism, God's Wild Idea, and more! (2625)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/25/2011 Comment

A Book on Catholicism by Fr. Robert Barron. Click on Brandon Vogt's link to read the book review.

The Pope’s Five Essential Keys to Youth Ministry - Amy Welborn, Headline Bistro

Book Review: “Catholicism: A Journey To The Heart Of The Faith” by Fr. Robert Barron - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Fertility Monitoring Software is Natural Family Planning’s New Face - Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency

After Madrid, How Benedict Has Improved World Youth Day - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

. . . Thomas Peters: WYD Pumped Over $230,000,000 into Spain’s Economy . . .

. . . Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Richard Dawkins’ Rage at World Youth Day . . .

The Spanish Civil War: Sadly, Still Relevant - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Freedom! - Andrew & Cristina, VirtuousPla.net

Among the...READ MORE

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Navigating the Teen Years, Friendship and Fellowship of Women, Music Delivery, and much more! (2623)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/24/2011 Comment

On the Friendship and Fellowship of Women. Click on Sarah's link to learn more.

Navigating the Teen Years - Celeste Behe, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Most Important Thing I will ever Write on this Blog - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

On the Friendship and Fellowship of Women - Sarah, Fumbling Toward Grace

The Changing Forms of Music Delivery - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Why Did Jesus Build His Own Church & Reflections on Mt. 16 - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Thinking in Church and with the Church - Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing

The Significance of Sidereus Nuncius: Part I, Part II - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

In Defense of my Mother - Brett Adams, Ship of St. Peter

Distributism as a Way of Life - Brian...READ MORE

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From Planned Parenthood to Pro-Life (5503)

Linda Couri brings firsthand knowledge of the tragedy of abortion to her work for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

08/24/2011 Comments (13)

Linda Couri

Linda Couri of Libertyville, Ill., 42, is a Catholic wife and mother who works hard to maintain a deep prayer life, and strongly supports the Church’s teachings on the gospel of life. She serves as the director of lay ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

It’s hard to believe that, just a decade ago, Couri was agnostic and contemptuous of Catholicism — and was a staunch advocate of legalized abortion who worked as a volunteer and employee for Planned Parenthood. In fact, she herself once had an abortion.

“I’ve come a long way,” Couri acknowledged. “And God has supported me through this process.”

Couri was born in Chicago and attended Catholic schools. She stopped going to Mass when...READ MORE

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Rep. Smith: V.P. Biden's Remarks on China's One-Child Policy 'Unconscionable' (4200)

House Speaker John Boehner also said he was 'deeply troubled by the comments ... regarding China’s reprehensible one-child policy, which has resulted in forced sterilizations and coerced abortions and should not be condoned by any American official.'

08/24/2011 Comments (11)

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON (CNA) — A leading human-rights advocate in the U.S. House of Representatives says Vice President Joe Biden betrayed Chinese women and children by saying he “fully understood” the country’s one-child policy and was not “second guessing” it.

“The one child-per-couple policy is cruel, inhumane and the most egregious systematic attack on women ever,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., on Aug. 23. “For the vice president to publicly state that he fully understands the one-child policy is unconscionable.”

“He and all of us should be defending the women of China from this state-sponsored cruelty of forced abortion and forced sterilization, not supporting and enabling it.”

Biden made the...READ MORE

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Social Justice and the Theology of the Body, Priestly Vulnerability, Almuces, and much more! (3479)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/24/2011 Comment

Learn about the New Media and the VirtuousPla.net, click on Stacy Trasancos link to learn more.

Social Justice and the Theology of the Body - Catherine Rose, Dappled Things

Priestly Vulnerability - Dr. Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org/On the Culture

New Media and the VirtuousPla.net - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Patheos

Social Justice: What the Church Sees - Sarah, Fumbling Toward Grace

Is the Immaculate Heart of Mary a Physical Heart? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, VirtuousPla.net

Wanted: Somebody to Make a Difference - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Roman Rite is a Sung Mass- Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Cross & Eagle Award for Most Prolific Blogger - The American Catholic

Almuces - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

Rochester Dioc. to Implement Chant Settings for New...READ MORE

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World Youth Day Pilgrimage Ends With a Visit to Avila: Praying Where St. Teresa Prayed (2195)

Our Register staffer's WYD adventures come to a blessed conclusion.

08/23/2011 Comments (1)
Rachel Howell

– Rachel Howell

For the last day of our World Youth Day pilgrimage, we headed to Avila.

This beautiful town is located an hour and a half from Madrid, out in the rolling countryside of Spain. For all the Carmelite fans and religious out there, it is an essential stop when visiting Spain.

We headed out around 10 this morning, only to have a slight mix-up on the Metro. If we were going to get lost, today was the day to do it — rather than when everything was pure chaos due to WYD!

I fell in love with the little town of Avila. It is so quaint, with gorgeous views and ancient churches. It is also the hometown of St. Teresa, Avila’s famous Carmelite nun. She lived here from 1515 to 1582. She had frequent...READ MORE

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