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World Youth day (letter)

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 Contents - Sep 2008AD2000 September 2008 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: World Youth Day 2008: the challenge ahead - Michael Gilchrist
WYD08: World Youth Day 2008: what the media missed - Deborah Baker
WYD08: Impressions of youth - Bridget Pati and Berni Sullivan
WYD08: Faith: alive and well! - A pilgrim's progress - Catherine Sheehan
WYD08: A reflection on WYD - Tim Cannon
WYD08: Memories of homestay hosts - Emidio and Phyllis Restall
News: The Church Around the World
WYD08: Theology on Tap: young Catholics' response to relativism - Patrick Langrell
The physical and mental scars of abortion - Charles Francis
Foundations of Faith: Priesthood and the sacraments: Divine help for eternal salvation - Br Barry Coldrey
Liturgy: No smoke without fire: Benedict XVI and true liturgical reform - David Birch
Vatican: Restoration work completed near tomb of St Peter
Letters: World Youth day (letter) - M. & L. MORRISSEY
Letters: Courage of young Jozef Ratzinger (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Invaluable work of Anne Lastman (letter) - Errol Duke
Letters: Moral equivalence (letter) - Leo McManus
Letters: Abortion grief - Anne Lastman
Letters: Buddha in church (letter) - E. Makaus
Letters: Sex abuse apology (letter) - M.J. Gonzalez
Letters: Vatican II (letter) - Frank Mobbs
Poetry: The Sermon at Templestowe - Bruce Dawe
Books: Saving Those Damned Catholics, by Judie Brown - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: THE WISDOM OF NAZARETH: Stories of Catholic Family Life - Siobhan Reeves (reviewer)
Books: SAINT BENEDICT'S RULE: A New Translation for today, by Patrick Barry OSB - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: FAITH AND FIDELITY, by Anthony Meredith SJ - Michael Daniel
Books: Books available from AD2000 Books
Reflection: Archbishop Burke of St Louis: the responsibilities of a bishop - Archbishop Raymond Burke

Some sections of the secular press branded World Youth Day in Sydney as merely a Catholic jamboree for the young visiting pilgrims, and tried to blame the Church for the failings of its clergy. Such reporting showed an ignorance of young Catholics and their faith, or was due to an unwillingness to report fairly.

The press also reported that the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims celebrated Mass with the Pope instead of the other way around. They were wrong on all counts.

We had the pleasure to meet with pilgrims from Italy, Germany, and Poland and to house visitors - one a priest - from Tanzania. They were strong in their faith and here for but one purpose, namely to share it with others. We could find no fault in them.

Every venue the pilgrims attended was worthy of praise and their commitment was enthusiastic and most sincere. Language was no barrier for they were all aware of the purpose of their visit. It was a gathering of the universal Catholic Church and a source of pride for us all.

The visit by Pope Benedict XVI was a highlight for the pilgrims and his words of encouragement were received with great joy. Nor did they leave empty-handed.

WYD was a fine display of our Catholic faith and a true example of the way of life of our young people in action. They were indeed a credit to all of us.

WYD was a very happy occasion for Australia and we should be full of praise for the example and behaviour of the young pilgrims. We will see untold good fruits for the future of the Church in the end - thanks be to God.

Sandringham, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 8 (September 2008), p. 14

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