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Countdown to World Youth Day: "It Could Have Been A Mess!"

By  Bishop David A. Zubik As Pittsburgh pilgrims, there are so many wonderful memories connected with World Youth Day over the years. But one memory stands out, perhaps because it could have been—should have been—a disaster but was anything but! It was my first year as Bishop of Pittsburgh. I was leading a contingent of 600 young people from the diocese.

Countdown to World Youth Day: Mercy Amongst Millions

(CNS photo/Angelo Carconi, EPA) By Bishop Wm. Michael Mulvey One of my favorite prayers during the celebration of the Eucharist is prior to the sign of peace, “Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church.” The faith of the Church is one of the hallmarks of World Youth Day. Especially on those occasions, it is a Church that is young; a Church

Opening Our Hearts to Strengthening Marriages

By Bishop Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo Recently, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, offered the following challenge: “But nowadays who is making an effort to strengthen marriages, to help married couples overcome their problems, to assist them in the work of raising children and, in general, to encourage the stability of the marriage bond?” This

Countdown to World Youth Day: A Massive Display of Joy and Faith

By Bishop Larry Silva, of Honolulu Each time I have had the privilege of being present at the Vigil and Closing Mass of World Youth Day (Sydney, Madrid, and Rio), when millions of young

Countdown to World Youth Day: My First World Youth Day

By Bishop Nelson J. Perez  Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre It has now been over a year and half since I had the privilege and blessing of attending my very first World Youth

Countdown to World Youth Day: How You Can Be Like The Apostles

Dear kind young friends, I am very happy to share with you some of my reflections on World Youth Day that was began by dear Pope Saint John Paul II in 1986. I had the privilege of being present at six of these beautiful World Celebrations of Catholic Youth. The last World Youth that I attended was in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 2013. I am planning to be present with all of you at the next

Countdown To World Youth Day: A Life Changing Event

By Bishop Edgar da Cunha If you read or hear about World Youth Day, you may have an idea of what happens there. If you watch on TV, you may have a better understanding of what takes place