Archive of August 19, 2011

Pilgrims from persecuted communities receive blessed items

Aug 19, 2011 - 10:16 pm .- The sponsors of an exhibit on anti-Christian persecution gave blessed rosaries and medals to young Catholics from persecuted countries during World Youth Day.

On the Way of the Cross, Pope tells pilgrims to share God's love

Aug 19, 2011 - 06:49 pm .- After a powerful portrayal of the Way of the Cross, Pope Benedict XVI told World Youth Day pilgrims that they must imitate and share the love that inspired Christ's sacrificial death for all mankind.

Knights of Columbus head challenges youth to save religious freedom

Aug 19, 2011 - 04:53 pm .- The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus told young pilgrims in Madrid that the right to practice their faith could be kept or lost in the future, depending on their public witness and awareness.

Pope offers encouragement to young religious sisters and professors

Aug 19, 2011 - 02:38 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI met with young religious sisters and later with young university professors on Aug. 19 at the royal site of El Estorial. He emphasized the importance of the sisters’ radical consecration and urged the professors to be a source of encouragement for students.

Vatican cardinal urges Catholics, Muslims to transmit faith to young people

Aug 19, 2011 - 01:55 pm .- Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, urged Catholics and Muslims to strengthen their families and pass on moral values to their children, in a message for the upcoming end of Ramadan.

Youth describe 'stronger' faith and excitement following Pope's address

Aug 19, 2011 - 12:31 pm .- The immense crowd of young people in Plaza de Cibeles was filled with excitement after Pope Benedict XVI’s address to the youth in Madrid, Spain on Aug. 18.

Hackers create problems for World Youth Day website

Aug 19, 2011 - 10:13 am .- Issues with World Youth Day's official website are due to hacking attempts, the event's press office announced Aug. 19.

Judge allows Illinois to cut off Catholic Charities' foster care

Aug 19, 2011 - 06:12 am .- An Illinois judge has ruled that the state has the right to end its foster care partnership with Catholic Charities in four dioceses, despite the Church ministry's contention that it was being dropped on religious grounds.

Dialogue on Philippines reproductive health bill fades, protests renew

Aug 19, 2011 - 03:07 am .- Catholics are again planning protests and rallies against the proposed reproductive health bill. Catholic Church leaders say there are only “very slim” chances of further dialogue with the bill’s backer, President Benigno Aquino, who has made it a priority.

Indian Catholics experience majority status at WYD

Aug 19, 2011 - 01:02 am .- Indian Catholics attending World Youth Day in Madrid say that they are enjoying the feeling of not being a minority, even if it’s only for one week.

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