The Pope and the disabled meet in Madrid

We welcome the following guest post from Leticia Velasquez, co-founder of Keep Infants with Downs Syndrome. Pope Benedict XVI reaches to kiss a disabled child at World Youth Day. Among the groups honored by an audience with the Holy Father during World Youth Day, was a group of sick and disabled youth from St Joseph’s Hospital. Like the seminarians, university professors, and women religious, t... More

*UPDATE* More Photos of Arson Damage in Sagrada Familia

UPDATE: La Voz De Barcelona has more photos of the fire damage. Here’s one: ORIGINAL POST: I’ve begun to follow Catholic news in Spain more closely, because I hope to attend World Youth Day in Madrid this August and I want to know as much about the Catholic culture there as possible. One of the most disturbing trends I have noticed is how frequently churches and other holy places ther... More
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Pope to Youth: Don’t abandon God because of ‘attacks of evil’ in the Church

Carol Glatz of CNS News reports: Pope Benedict XVI has urged young people not to abandon their faith in God because of the “attacks of evil” within the Church. In a foreword to a new catechism edited specifically for young people, he said: “Carry intact the fire of your love in this Church every time that men have obscured her face.” The new Youth Catechism, also called “YouCat”, will... More

Weekend reading: Pope’s message for World Youth Day 2011

What better way to spend a Friday evening than reading some spiritual nourishment from our Shepherd-in-Chief? MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI FOR THE TWENTY-SIXTH WORLD YOUTH DAY (2011) I often think back on the World Youth Day held in Sydney in 2008. There we had an experience of a great festival of faith in which the Spirit of God was actively at work, building deep communion among ... More

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