Archive of August 20, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI defends the dignity of the disabled

Aug 20, 2011 - 10:02 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI visited a center for mentally and physically disabled young people as part of his World Youth Day visit to Madrid.

Young pilgrims feel emboldened by dramatic vigil experience

Aug 20, 2011 - 07:43 pm .- Young people at the Cuatro Vientos air base felt their passion for God and the Church renewed after experiencing an evening of torrential rainstorms together with Pope Benedict XVI on August 20. 

Archbishop Dolan praises Madrid's move on abortion and confession

Aug 20, 2011 - 05:51 pm .- New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan has applauded the Madrid archdiocese's decision to authorize all priests at World Youth Day to forgive abortion, a task normally reserved for the local bishop.

Pope braves lightning storm to teach 1 million young pilgrims

Aug 20, 2011 - 05:51 pm .- In some of the most extraordinary scenes witnessed at any recent Papal event, Pope Benedict XVI braved thunder, lighting and driving rain to tell young people to stay close to Christ as they make their way in life.

Youth flood Cuatro Vientos airport, awaiting Pope's arrival at vigil

Aug 20, 2011 - 04:14 pm .- More than a million young people from around the world eagerly awaited Pope Benedict's arrival at the Cuatro Vientos aerodrome for the World Youth Day 2011 vigil on August 20.

Pope declares a new Doctor of the Church: St. John of Avila

Aug 20, 2011 - 03:15 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has honored the 16th century Spanish priest St. John of Avila by naming him the 34th Doctor of the Catholic Church.

Pope calls upon seminarians to become saints

Aug 20, 2011 - 02:35 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has told over 4,500 students for the priesthood that they should spend their years of study becoming saints as well as priests.

Pope to address Norwegian youth at Cuatro Vientos airport

Aug 20, 2011 - 01:27 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI will receive a group of Norwegian World Youth Day pilgrims at the Cuatro Vientos airport on August 20, addressing them with encouraging words following last month's terrorist attack.

Summer program reinforces faith of youth

Aug 20, 2011 - 01:18 pm .- Learning about the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary was a highlight of the Totus Tuus, Totally Yours summer program for Maya Bishwokarma.

Pope hears confessions at World Youth Day's 'Forgiveness Festival'

Aug 20, 2011 - 12:43 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI heard confessions from four young people in Madrid at the August 20 event billed as a “Forgiveness Festival,” where 200 priests also offered the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

US bishops share their appreciation with World Youth Day pilgrims

Aug 20, 2011 - 12:08 pm .- Some 8,000 U.S. pilgrims at World Youth Day 2011 received expressions of gratitude and encouragement from their country's bishops, following a Mass on the morning of August 20.

Kenyan father and son made sacrifices to make it to Madrid

Aug 20, 2011 - 11:37 am .- It took a long trip, and “a lot of sacrifice,” for Lucas Masila and his 6-year old son Laurent to make it to Madrid for World Youth Day 2011.

Lunch with Pope in Madrid, an unforgettable experience for 12 pilgrims

Aug 20, 2011 - 10:38 am .- World Youth Day volunteers who were selected to have lunch with Pope Benedict XVI on August 19 experienced a relaxed, communal and exciting atmosphere, sharing their thoughts and experiences.

Hollywood star Matt Marsden urges young Catholics to get involved in movies

Aug 20, 2011 - 08:22 am .- Hollywood actor Matt Marsden said that young Catholics need to get involved in movie-making and other artistic ventures if they want to change the culture.

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