Sibling musicians see music as ministry

After years of blood, sweat and tears, four siblings from the De Leon family in Germantown, Md., have begun to appreciate that their music ministry draws them closer to God. Their story appears in The Catholic Standard, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington.

At first glance at their photo, one is reminded of the 1970s sitcom “The Partridge Family.”

Bishop Robinson, celibacy and sexual abuse

Sulpician Father Gerald Coleman doesn’t dispute assertions made in retired Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson‘s book that cases of sexual abuse of children by priests were often mishandled by the Catholic Church. However, Father Coleman does take issue with the book blaming much of the problem on priestly celibacy.

Read Father Coleman’s guest commentary in Catholic San Francisco.

Bozel siblings share 189 years of ministry in Baltimore

For some Catholic families it’s a huge honor to have one member enter a religious vocation — which makes the Bozel family of Baltimore three times as proud, with three siblings serving 189 years of ministry so far.

Their tale was published in The Catholic Review, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Looking for future saints at World Youth Day

Kris Dmytrenko, another of our bloggers over on our WYD blog, has his own WYD final reflections that you should read. (More final reflections on World Youth Day, if you’ve not seen them, are here, here and here.) Kris imagined that there had to be future saints camped out at the vigil Saturday night at Royal Randwick Racecourse:

Would not Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati have brought a cadre of youth from his hometown? Couldn’t you imagine a younger Blessed Mary McKillop among the joyful religious on the field?

Kris knows he can’t name saints on his own, so he introduces us to “three remarkable individuals who made an impact on me” at World Youth Day.

And so, meet Craig AshbyFrancine Bell and Anton Antonov, each with a unique story of faith. Thanks, Kris!

Pope meets abuse victims in Sydney

Pope Benedict XVI pauses during a thank-you gathering with World Youth Day volunteers in Sydney, Australia, July 21. Earlier in the morning, the pope met with clerical sex abuse victims at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Benedict XVI pauses during a thank-you gathering with World Youth Day volunteers in Sydney, Australia, July 21. Earlier in the morning, the pope met with clerical sex abuse victims at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

(Editor’s Update: Full story here)

DARWIN, Australia (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a 7 a.m. Mass in the chapel of the rectory at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia, July 21, with four victims of clerical sex abuse in attendance. The victims were two men and two women, accompanied by supporters and by priest in charge of offering them pastoral assistance. After the Mass, the pope spoke to each individually and allowed them to share their story. Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi called it a “concrete gesture to express the feelings he had demonstrated,” earlier when the pope publically apologized to victims.

The Vatican told members of the media about the Mass with victims when they arrived at the airport Monday in Sydney, Australia, for the pope’s return flight to Rome from World Youth Day.

Another great final reflection on WYD

Throughout World Youth Day, we here at CNS have been especially moved by some of the personal reflections from the writers for our WYD blog. Another one has been posted there this evening by Chris Valka, CSB, who, besides writing for us, was a part of the team that planned and coordinated WYD activities in Sydney. His final reflection of the meaning of this World Youth Day is especially worth reading.

‘I have that withdrawal feeling …’

World Youth Day is over, and, on the CNS World Youth Day blog, Anna Weaver of the Hawaii Catholic Herald has what seems like the perfect summation of what Sydney is like at this hour — quiet, lots of sore feet, some remorse that the end has been reached, but filled with a spirit that will now be taken around the globe by the scattering pilgrims. Read her complete post here, and be sure to check back for more posts in the next day or two as some of our other bloggers report in on their experiences.

And on our special World Youth Day page, you can read a great feature story by Dan McAloon on the scene at the all-night vigil, catch up on the pope’s words at this morning’s WYD closing Mass, and read our story on the pope’s apology for clergy sex abuse written by CNS Vatican correspondent Cindy Wooden, who unlike most people writing about the apology was actually at the cathedral covering the Mass.

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