Posted on July 21, 2008 by Jim Lackey
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 Ashby, Francine Bell and Anton Antonov, each with a unique story of faith. Thanks, Kris!
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Posted on July 21, 2008 by Cindy Wooden
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.
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