One of a kind: meet the WYD pilgrim from China

Check this out: The final Mass of World Youth Day was a sea of national flags. In the million-strong crowd, however, it was hard to find one particular flag – China. That’s until CNA bumped into Thomas Zeng. “This week has been absolutely fascinating,” said the university student who’s traveled all the way from Shanghai [Read More…]

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"My heart was racing, like, majorly…!"

That’s one Maryland pilgrim’s excited response to seeing the pope up close and personal at World Youth Day. What was it like?  She tells us: [Read more…]

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"Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future, nor of your weakness…"

“Yes, dear friends, God loves us. This is the great truth of our life; it is what makes everything else meaningful. We are not the product of blind chance or absurdity; instead our life originates as part of a loving plan of God. To abide in his love, then, means living a life rooted in [Read More…]

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Caught on tape: riot police clash with anti-pope protesters in Madrid

Details, from AFP: Spanish riot police clashed for a second night with protesters as Pope Benedict XVI’s lavish visit inspired a rapturous reception from pilgrims but deep resentment over the costs. Anti-riot police late Thursday swung batons to disperse about 150 protesters, seething over the scale of the party, who had gathered in the central [Read More…]

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Worth a thousand words, WYD edition

Pilgrims at World Youth Day in Madrid get a peek at the pope. H/T Catholic Vote [Read more…]

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Awesome: 26 years of World Youth Day

A thrilling new video, from the wizards at Grassroots Films, who gave us “Fishers of Men.” A quarter century in two minutes.  And it’s just great. [Read more…]

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