September 17, 2000
Spirit of pilgrimage remains long after her return home Some events happen so fast in life that we do not realize the vast impact they leave on us until they are over. This was especially evident in my trip to World Youth Day 2000, during which I had 11 days in August of a true pilgrimage experience. At first I became interested in World Youth Day solely for the purpose of seeing Rome. Spirituality, I figured, was an added bonus. In the weeks leading to the pilgrimage, however, my attitude changed.
August 4, 2002
The 11-day pilgrimage known as World Youth Day, which ended last Sunday in Toronto, drew about half a million youths from 170 countries. Of the 500 from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who attended, five share thoughts on their trip and their spirituality. Questions answered I had questions and doubts about my faith, and I embarked on the pilgrimage to have those questions answered. They were, through various discussions with priests and seminarians, but mainly through listening to Pope John Paul II. He said, "On the shores of Lake Ontario, we are reminded of another lake, the lake of Tiberius, on the shores of which the Lord Jesus made a fascinating proposal to the first disciples, some of whom were probably young like you. " When he said the apostles were not much older than us, I had a revelation.
August 16, 2000 |
The slumber of the Roman summer was broken by hymns and anthems yesterday as 600,000 young people from around the globe, many of them toting backpacks and sweating under a nasty sun, helped Pope John Paul II launch six days of World Youth celebrations. Mixing spiritual enlightenment with a party energy, groups of young pilgrims waved national flags and carried crosses as they traced the Tiber River toward St. Peter's Square. They strummed guitars, banged on bongo drums, and prayed and sang until twilight, the music of their diverse languages echoing from the Colosseum to the Pantheon.
August 17, 1993 |
Tom Angelucci, his religious faith riddled with doubts, closed his eyes and listened carefully to the words of his spiritual father, Pope John Paul II. The pontiff, standing before a crowd of thousands, spoke in personal terms about love of life, the challenge and promise of being young and Catholic, the rejection of "the culture of death. " Long moments passed. A gusty rain fell. Angelucci listened. Then he opened his eyes and looked toward heaven. Arched across the purple Denver sky was a misty rainbow.
August 9, 1993 |
He is the Vicar of Christ and the Bishop of Rome. He is the potentate of a small European theocracy, a globe-spanning prince of the faith who has logged so much air time tending his followers that his frequent-flier premiums would break Alitalia. But for millions of Catholic teenagers, Pope John Paul II is the spiritual kahuna - adored, respected, lavished with the kind of deferential passion usually reserved for rock stars and movie action heroes. Never mind that he hasn't schmoozed Madonna and wouldn't know gangsta rap from Saran Wrap.
July 4, 1993 |
While some catch up on sleep, other area teenagers paint a banner for next month's "sleeping bag pilgrimage" to Denver. There, they and 160,000 other young people will meet Pope John Paul II for World Youth Day. In preparation, about 200 Philadelphia Archdiocese youths gathered last weekend at Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown Township for an overnight spiritual retreat.
July 28, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - Pope Francis presided over one of the most solemn rites of the Catholic Church on Friday, a procession reenacting Christ's crucifixion in the improbable location of Rio's hedonistic Copacabana beach, as he headed into the home stretch of his first international trip for World Youth Day. The evening procession highlighted Francis' spiritual side a day after he showed off his rebel streak by calling on young Catholics to shake things up...
August 16, 1993 |
The pope's visit to Denver made headlines last week. By next week, you can relive the trip via video. On Aug. 26, ABC News is releasing an original program titled "The Pope in Denver: Celebration and Challenge," hosted by Cokie Roberts. The documentary captures Pope John Paul II's historic visit to Denver to mark World Youth Day. The tape retails for $19.98. It can be obtained by calling 1-800-CALL-ABC. A Spanish-language version of the video will be narrated by ABC News Correspondent John Quinones.
June 3, 2015
A review Tuesday of the ABC Family show Stitchers mischaracterized the disease suffered by the main character. The show calls it "temporal dysplasia. " A story Sunday on the musician Brian Wilson mischaracterized the availability of the documentary The Wrecking Crew by Denny Tedesco. The complete DVD with special features will be released June 16. A story Sunday wrongly described Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's role in the Catholic Church's World Youth Day in Denver in 1993.
August 18, 2016
By Cynthia M. Allen The headlines the morning of July 26 were grim, as they are too often these days. The Rev. Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old Roman Catholic priest, was murdered at the altar while saying Mass in a church in Rouen, France. His assailants, two teenage males armed with knives, reportedly declared their allegiance to the Islamic State before slaughtering him beneath the crucifix. As he lay dying, he is said to have whispered, "Go away, Satan," to the teens, whose actions were motivated by hatred.