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Pope Benedict and World Youth Days

Sandro Magister, in chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it, revisits Pope Benedict's reflections on World Youth Days, made in an address in 2008.

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  • August 11, 2011
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(With) the change of pontificate, many had thought and said that (World Youth Days) were better suited to John Paul II than to his successor. (Sandro Magister, chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it)

But Benedict XVI has not gotten rid of them. Nor has he declined to go. This one in Madrid will be the third World Youth Day in which he has participated, after the one in Cologne in 2005 and in Sydney in 2008.

On the contrary, he has not passed up the opportunity to introduce innovations into them. Beginning with Cologne, prolonged silent adoration of the Eucharist. And in Madrid, the sacramental confession of a few young people on the part of the pope himself.

The objections, however, have not disappeared. Even in the Catholic camp, there are still many skeptics. They maintain that the World Youth Days are "a sort of rock festival in an ecclesial key, with the Pope as its main attraction," or "a huge spectacle, magnificent perhaps, but of no real significance for the question of faith."

Benedict XVI has never dodged these objections. So much so that the citations presented above are his own, word for word. Summarizing criticisms in order to respond to them is part of his style.

(The full story below includes Pope Benedict's address to the Roman curia, after the World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, A Joy That Cannot Be Compared To The Ecstasy Of A Rock Festival)


A Star Shines in Madrid (chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it)


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