The Telegraph has some astonishing pictures of Pope Francis celebrating farewell Mass on Copacabana beach in Rio with of the 3 million pilgrims attending WYD in Brazil:
While praying the Angelus from Madrid, the pope announced that the next World Youth Day will take place in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.
No text on this one, obviously… still, a key — indeed, unprecedented –
moment of this World Youth Day.
For the record, the Confessor-in-Chief of the hundreds who’ve filled the 200 booths at the “Festival of Forgiveness” in Madrid’s Retiro Park was able to celebrate Reconciliation with three penitents, according to the wires.
As an aside, at this morning’s Mass for Seminarians in the Spanish capital’s Almudena cathedral, Benedict XVI made a rare move, declaring the patron of the Spanish clergy — the 16th century preacher St John of Avila — a Doctor of the Church.
The group of the faith’s great teachers now comprising 34 members and stretching to the door of the 20th century, the last Doctor to be declared came in 1997, when Blessed John Paul II added St Therese of Lisieux — the “Little Flower” — to their number.
As the Carmelite was preceded in 1970 by the first female Doctors — Teresa of
Avila and Catherine of Siena — two of the last four to be named have hailed
The BBC reports:
Pope Benedict XVI has been greeted by a sea of supporters as he arrived to celebrate Mass at Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral.
He is in Spain for World Youth Day, a Catholic festival bringing together young pilgrims from around the world.
There have been several protests against the cost of the four-day visit, which comes at a time of high unemployment and spending cuts.
The event’s organisers say most costs will be met by the pilgrims themselves.
On Friday riot police confronted protesters in Madrid’s city centre, as priests and teachers hurried young Catholic pilgrims down side streets.
The protest began as the Pope, joined by hundreds of thousands of supporters, took part in a Way of the Cross procession, in memory of the crucifixion of Christ.
Before celebrating Mass at the cathedral with trainee priests, the pope heard confession from four young pilgrims in the city’s Retiro Park, where 200 temporary confessionals had been set up.
The main event on Saturday is an open-air prayer vigil in a military airfield on the outskirts of Madrid.
The BBC’s Sarah Rainsford says wherever the Pope goes hundreds of thousands of ecstatic Catholics are there to meet him.
Protesters were back out on the streets of Madrid on Friday
Up to a million pilgrims from across the world have gathered in the Spanish capital for events.
Celebrations for World Youth Day 2011 began on Tuesday evening with a giant open-air Mass where about 800 bishops, archbishops and cardinals- along with 8,000 priests – tended to the congregation.
The Pope arrived in Spain on Thursday and was greeted at Madrid’s Barajas airport by King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia. He has also meet Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero.
Say ‘yes’ to God, build on the rock, and do not listen to promises of artificial and passing paradises…
16 August 2011.
Vatican Radio reports:
Pilgrims are spending the morning registering with organizers and collecting their pilgrim kits, while throughout the day the parishes, oratories and institutes of the diocese are hosting catecheses and devotional prayer ahead of Mass at 8 this evening in Cibeles Square. Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to arrive on the 18th, and preside over the climactic events of World Youth Day, including the solemn Mass concluding WYD Madrid 2011 on Sunday the 21st.
The official World Youth Day site is here.
And there is a really nice flickr photo gallery going that can be checked out here.
All 14 stations will represent and honour the Passion of Christ.
CNA: Catechesis not approved.
Madrid, Spain – World Youth Day organizers said July 25 that the independent catechesis sessions offered by U.S.-based media producer Michael Voris during World Youth Day 2011 are not approved by the event. Voris responded with puzzlement that the announcement was made, stating that his organization has never represented itself as linked to the event.
“Participants in the World Youth Day 2011 Cultural Program must be recognized and endorsed by the bishops and episcopal conferences of their respective countries,” read a July 25 statement from the event’s organizers.
There had been “some confusion” about Voris’ affiliation with World Youth Day, organizers said, further noting that “Real Catholic TV” and Michael Voris’ catechetical session “No Bull in Madrid” have not received endorsements from the group’s local bishop—Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit—or the U.S. bishops’ conference.
They are “not in any way recognized or approved” by the official event. The Pontifical Council for the Laity selects and invites only bishops from around the world to conduct catechesis sessions at World Youth Day, the statement explained.
Participating organizations in the World Youth Day 2011 Cultural Festival are selected because they “promote the authentic teaching and unity” of the Catholic Church and have received the required endorsements.
Voris questioned why the announcement about his event had been made.
“We never said we were part of the official World Youth Day. I guess I’m puzzled as to why the announcement was issued,” he said in a July 25 interview with CNA.
He described himself as “a Catholic in good standing” with a theology degree from the Angelicum in Rome.
“Nothing that we have ever said has been challenged with regard to Church teaching,” he said.
Voris’ videos are often strident in tone, criticizing leading political, cultural and Church figures…