Jul 14, 2008 - 11:00 pm .- In a message made public last Thursday, the Bishops’ Conference of Costa Rica explained that respect for the dignity of persons with homosexual inclinations cannot lead to the recognition of “rights” that attack the foundation of the family as the basic cell of society. The bishops asked lawmakers to reject a proposed law that would make gay unions equivalent to marriage.
Jul 14, 2008 - 10:09 pm .- Iraq’s Catholics have responded with gratitude to the decision of the Australian Embassy in Amman, Jordan to issue 27 visas that will allow some young Iraqis to participate in World Youth Day, though the number provided falls far short of the 170 which had been requested.
Jul 14, 2008 - 09:00 pm .- We have been invaded by joy,” Bishop Anthony Fisher, coordinator of World Youth Day 2008 told a press conference in Sydney this morning on the first day of World Youth Day celebrations.
Jul 14, 2008 - 08:31 pm .- Salesian Sister MaryAnn Schaefer, admissions director at Mary Help of Christian Academy in North Haledon, NJ, couldn't dream of a better place to celebrate her 25th jubilee as a religious sister than at World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia.
Jul 14, 2008 - 07:57 pm .- During his flight to Australia for the celebration of World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI answered questions from journalists on the papal airplane covering the significance of World Youth Day, the problems of secularism, clerical sexual abuse, climate change and the turmoil in the Anglican Communion.
Jul 14, 2008 - 04:38 pm .- Staffers for Sen. John McCain at the annual convention for the Latino civil rights group La Raza have received mostly positive feedback on a picture of the senator praying at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City, but one teenager disliked the picture enough to steal it.
Jul 14, 2008 - 04:14 pm .- Bishop Richard Malone has been selected to be among those leading English-speaking youth in prayer and reflection during World Youth Day 2008. About 225,000 pilgrims are registered to attend World Youth Day which is being held in Sydney, Australia from July 15-20. It is the custom to begin this world meeting with three days of daily catechesis (religious instruction) guided by bishops.
Jul 14, 2008 - 02:34 pm .- L’Osservatore Romano published an article last week explaining how Pope Pius VII decided in 1808 that the Vatican colors would be white and yellow. Historian Claudio Ceresa explained the history behind the Pope’s choice.
Jul 14, 2008 - 11:45 am .- World Youth Day is the largest gathering of Catholic youth in the world. Given this significance, CNA will be providing the best coverage out of any media outlet. The full array of multimedia resources will be available on our website along with exclusive stories.
Jul 14, 2008 - 10:33 am .- This morning Pope Benedict appointed Fr. John LeVoir as the fourth bishop of New Ulm. The new bishop succeeds Archbishop John C. Nienstedt who was recently appointed as archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Jul 14, 2008 - 09:12 am .- The Pope has passed his first 24 hours in Sydney in an environment of peace and tranquillity, the official spokesman for the Vatican Father Federico Lombardi, told the press.
Jul 14, 2008 - 08:42 am .- "To see our leader, to see the Pope." This is the sole desire for Tujai Maris, a pilgrim of Myanmar that arrived with other 32 pilgrims at Sydney in the afternoon on Monday to participate in World Youth Day celebrations.
Jul 14, 2008 - 07:49 am .- Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell welcomed all to World Youth Day celebrations at a press conference this morning, one day before the official proceedings begin.
Jul 14, 2008 - 07:40 am .- The Spanish Bishops’ Conference has announced that a 25 year-old Spaniard will represent the youth of Europe at the traditional lunch Pope Benedict XVI will host with World Youth Day attendees.