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...]

World Youth Day priests may lift excommunications for abortion

The confessionals pictured above are where the sacrament of reconciliation will be celebrated — and where this extraordinary move may now take place. Details: The Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, has granted all of the 2,000 priests attending World Youth Day this week the special power to the lift the excommunication and [Read More...]

The ultimate World Youth Day family

They are literally a product of this international event.  CNS has details: You might say Steve and Nicole Kerekes have really lived the World Youth Day experience. The California couple met at World Youth Day in Denver in 1993, even though Steve Kerekes said that, at the time, he wasn’t particularly religious. Today, the couple [Read More...]

Critics slam cost of pope's trip for World Youth Day

With World Youth Day about to begin in Madrid, the high cost of the pope’s visit to the event  is coming under fire: The pope arrives in Madrid on August 18 to attend the final four days of the Roman Catholic Church’s six-day youth festivities, expected to draw more than one million faithful. Organisers of [Read More...]

First look: snazzy confessionals for World Youth Day

No question: you’ll definitely be able to spot them in a crowd. Take a look: Details, from Women of Grace (h/t New Advent) Young people who want to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation at World Youth Day will be able to do so in ultra-modern portable confessionals that resemble a sailing ship and will sport [Read More...]

From attending World Youth Day to organizing it: one priest's surprising journey

As plans ramp up for this month’s World Youth Day in Madrid, L’Osservatore Romano interviews the newly appointed monsignor in charge — and finds he’s no stranger to the event. Details: When in August, 1989 he found himself immersed in a sea of young people rhythmically chanting their love for John Paul II during the [Read More...]

World Youth Day? There's an app for that

And the Vatican announced it yesterday. Details: Pilgrims at next month’s Catholic World Youth Day in Madrid will have some high-tech help in their devotions, thanks to a new iPhone app unveiled at the Vatican on Friday (July 29). World Youth Day (WYD), an international gathering held every three years in a different city, will [Read More...]

Voris on WYD: "We prefer to rely on the higher authority of Our Lord…" — UPDATED

After the organizers of World Youth Day put out a statement Monday disavowing any connection with Michael Voris’s appearance there next month, Voris’s media operation, Real Catholic TV, yesterday responded with a statement of its own.  It’s posted as a comment on Patrick Madrid’s blog (and, as yet, not posted elsewhere). In an e-mail, Real Catholic [Read More...]

Bishops chosen to teach at World Youth Day

And I’m pleased to report that one of them is Brooklyn’s own auxiliary, Frank Caggiano — the man many of us knew as just plain old “Father Frank” a decade ago, when he was the head of our diaconate program. Details: The Pontifical Council for the Laity chose eight bishops from around the U.S. to [Read More...]

World Youth Day: Michael Voris not approved by us

Blogger and writer Patrick Madrid uncovered this news and describes it as “perhaps unprecedented”: the organizers of WYD have officially disavowed any connection with one of the people appearing there. From the WYD web site: WYD Cultural Program Participants Must Be Endorsed by Bishops’ Conferences It has come to our attention that Michael Voris, a [Read More...]


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