Aug 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a special meeting today with more than 500 seminarians at World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, Pope Benedict XVI said the seminary years are a time of preparing for mission and a “springtime” in the life of a follower of Christ.
Aug 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Gathered with members of Germany’s Jewish community, Pope Benedict today encouraged more “trustful dialogue” between Jews and Christians.
Aug 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Twelve World Youth Day pilgrims had the privilege to have lunch with Pope Benedict XVI Friday at the Grand Seminary of Cologne. The six women and six men, whose ages ranged from 18 to 28, came from six continents. Five were from Europe, two from Africa and one each from North America, South America, Australia and Asia.
Aug 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Young pilgrims were perched in trees, on signposts and atop ladders, craning their necks to see or snap a photo of Pope Benedict XVI on his first papal tour of Cologne, Germany, and his first World Youth Day as the head of the Catholic Church.
Aug 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- World Youth Day organizers report that many pilgrims are receiving the sacrament of reconciliation. They are heading to the Center of Reconciliation, set up by WYD organizers in the Cologne Exhibition Hall.
Aug 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Since the start of World Youth Day in Cologne, 30,000 volunteers have been assisting pilgrims and journalism professionals with a keen spirit of service. Some of them may have been inspired by a mass, celebrated for them, by the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
Aug 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An Australian based “Catholic” AIDS charity, known for their dissent from Church teaching and support of condoms to fight HIV/AIDS, has expressed their disappointment in the choice of Sydney as the host of the 2008 World Youth Day, saying that Africa would be more appropriate.
Aug 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop William Skylstad, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops joined Pope Benedict XVI and much of the Christian community in expressing shock and sorrow at the surprise killing of Brother Roger Schutz, founder of France’s ecumenical Taizé community on Tuesday.
Aug 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Wednesday, the Michigan Court of Appeals announced their decision that a group of teachers from suburban Detroit’s Brother Rice Catholic High School could not vote to join a state teacher’s union.
Aug 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- According to statistics from the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, with the recent killing of two priests in the Colombian diocese of Ocaña, the number of priests that have been murdered during the last five years has risen to 32.
Aug 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the Mass for the Feast of the Assumption on August 15, the Apostolic Nuncio in Cuba, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, exhorted Cubans to protect the dignity of all women and to treat them as daughters of God.
Aug 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona warned this week that Spain’s new law granting approval to homosexual “marriage” would alter Spanish society by “modifying the institution of marriage, recognized throughout the world as the union of a man and a woman.”
Aug 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed Friday his commitment to work toward Christian unity, saying that unity is God’s command and many Christians around the world expect churches to grow closer together.