Archive of August 16, 2005

WYD 2005 is event ‘of two Popes’, says Cardinal Meisner

Aug 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- World Youth Day 2005 “will be celebrated with two Popes—one in heaven above and the other here on earth,” said Cardinal Joachim Meisner today in his comments at the opening press conference before more than 400 international journalists.

WYD launched, bishops express hope that event will have international impact

Aug 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- After three years of careful planning, World Youth Day 2005 has finally arrived, and the German bishops agree that the international event will be profound for the Church in Germany, in Europe and around the world.

San Antonio Archbishop makes list of 25 most influential U.S. Hispanics

Aug 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In its latest issue, Time Magazine has honored San Antonio’s Archbishop Jose Gomez as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States.

High numbers at WYD 2005

Aug 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- World Youth Day (WYD) 2005 has recorded the highest number of registrations in WYD history. As of yesterday, 405,000 young Catholics from almost 170 countries have registered for the event. 

WYD pilgrims flood Cologne, more than 150,000 to attend opening masses

Aug 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The city of Cologne has been invaded by fervent, joyful and energetic Catholic youth—405,000 of them. Pilgrims are everywhere in the German city—in the streets, parks, subways, trains and churches—to celebrate World Youth Day (WYD) 2005, from Aug. 16 to Aug. 21.

‘Ministers of Annoyance’ spark fight at Ohio pilgrimage site

Aug 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Harassment from a fundamentalist group calling themselves the “Ministry of Annoyance” caused some faithful visiting an Ohio Marian shrine for the Feast of the Assumption to take up fists in defense of their Church.

Youth organization hopes bracelets will encourage solidarity with new pope

Aug 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Following the example of the tremendously popular Lance Armstrong “live strong” bracelets, a Connecticut youth organization has created a new wristband honoring both the late John Paul II and new Pope Benedict XVI.

Vatican official: Cologne has become beacon of hope for Europe

Aug 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In statements to Vatican Radio, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Archbishop Stanislao Rylko, said that thanks to World Youth Day, Cologne has been transformed into a “beacon of hope” for Europe and the world.

WYD builds bridges between north and south, within German communities

Aug 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yvonne Aquino, Aldo Polo and Jorge Rodriguez never thought they would make a two-week pilgrimage to World Youth Day (WYD) 2005 in Cologne, Germany.

Vatican cautiously optimistic about future of Church in China, says analyst

Aug 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Despite positive signs from the Church in communist China, the Holy See remains cautiously optimistic about the future of Vatican-Beijing relations, says Vatican analyst Sandro Magister.

Hearing impaired choir to perform at Festival of Youth

Aug 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As part of the Festival of Youth at World Youth Day Cologne, the St. George Choir which performs using sign language will take the stage on August 16  in Cologne and at the WYD vigil on August 21 at Marienfeld.

Latvian cardinal criticizes gay pride parade as ‘absurd’

Aug 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday, speaking to tens of thousands of faithful who had turned out for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, Latvian Cardinal Janis Pujats blasted a recent gay pride parade which had taken place in the city of Riga, saying that it was simply a way to “show off…sin.”

Bishops confirm the assassination of two priests in Colombia

Aug 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Colombian Bishop’s conference (CEC) confirmed the assassination of two priests in Ocaña, at the north of the city of Santander, a zone with an active presence of the FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia).

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