09/09/2005

Comment from Archbishop Peter Smith on HFEA decision re embryos

This is the latest in a catalogue of decisions with profound ethical implications made by the HFEA. Not only are there ethical questions which need very wide and searching debate, but also long term risks to be considered.

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08/09/2005

New Resource to Help Catholics Prepare for the Synod

A range of materials to help Catholics join in prayer and reflection for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops has been produced by the liturgy office of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

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08/09/2005

Pope appoints English Bishop to Rome Synod

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Arthur Roche of Leeds as a Synodal Father for the 11th Ordinary General Assembly of Synod of Bishops, which will be held in Rome from October 2 - 23.

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22/08/2005

Archbishop Vincent Nichols' Response to the Murder of Brother Roger Schutz of Taizé

Archbishop Vincent Nichols said: “The brutal murder of Brother Roger of Taizé is tragic. The manner of his death is in direct contrast with the gentleness and selflessness of his long life.

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21/08/2005

Pope Benedict's Homily at the World Youth Day Mass

Dear young friends,

Yesterday evening we came together in the presence of the Sacred Host, in which Jesus becomes for us the bread that sustains and feeds us (cf. Jn 6:35), and there we began our inner journey of adoration. In the Eucharist, adoration must become union.

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20/08/2005

Pope Benedict's Address at the World Youth Day Vigil

Dear young friends,

In our pilgrimage with the mysterious Magi from the East, we have arrived at the moment which Saint Matthew describes in his Gospel with these words: "Going into the house (over which the star had halted), they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him" (Matthew 2:11).

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19/08/2005

Pope Benedict vists Synagogue

The Holy Father began his second day in Cologne with a mass at the Archbishop's residence with 20 young people from the World Youth Day organising Committee.

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19/08/2005

Letter from Cologne

Jo Siedlecka is accompanying the Catholic Youth Service at World Youth Day, this is the second in her series of reports.

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18/08/2005

Pope's joy on homecoming

Pope Benedict expressed his joy to be in his native country and among hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic young Catholics, as he began the first international trip of his pontificate in Cologne this morning.

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18/08/2005

Pope Benedict speaks about World Youth Day

The Holy Father spoke with reporters before his flight to Cologne and this is what he said.

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18/08/2005

Pope Benedict arrives in Cologne

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has arrived in Cologne. He was greeted at the airport by the German Chancellor Gerard Schroeder and President Horst Koehler and thousands of cheering young catholics who had gathered to welcome him.

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18/08/2005

Letter from Cologne

Jo Siedlecka from the Catholic Communications Network is accompanying the Catholic Youth Service at World Youth Day.

This is the first in a series of her reports.

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18/08/2005

Pope Benedict leaves for Cologne

Pope Benedict XVI has begun his first foreign trip as Pontiff. He left Rome at 0900BST to travel to Cologne for World Youth Day.

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17/08/2005

Cardinal saddened at death of Brother Roger

I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of Brother Roger.

I know from visiting Taize what a remarkable Christian witness he gave amidst the community which he founded.

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17/08/2005

Taizé founder slain

The founder of the French religious Taizé ecumenical Community, Brother Roger, has been attacked and killed during vespers.
Brother Roger, 90, was attacked and stabbed during evening prayer today at Taizé, near Cluny, in the eastern Burgundy region, a member of the community told Agence France-Presse.

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17/08/2005

405,000 Pilgrims attend World Youth Day

Some 405,000 young pilgrims have registered for the activities of World Youth Day being held this week in Cologne and neighboring cities.
As of today, the German organizers of the event said there are 105,000 German participants, followed by 101,174 Italians, 38,549 French, 31,908 Spanish and 24,237 Americans. In total, 191 countries and territories are represented.

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17/08/2005

World Youth Day; Opening day Mass Homily

Brothers and Sisters!

Welcome to the Archdiocese of Cologne! We are delighted that you are all here. We are celebrating the first World Youth Day with two Popes: with Pope John Paul II in heaven above, and with our Pope Benedict XVI here on earth.

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17/08/2005

World Youth Day opens in Cologne

Cardinal Joachim Meisner opened World Youth Day with an invitation to Benedict XVI as well as to the late Pope John Paul II.
The archbishop of Cologne presided over a Mass yesterday in the city's RheinEnergie Stadium, whose attendees included German President Horst Köhler.

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16/08/2005

Pope Benedict's hopes for World Youth Day

“Holy Father, on April 25th you said: I’m looking forward to Cologne. Can you describe your feelings more concretely?”

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15/08/2005

Isle of Man Post Commemorate John Paul II, Benedict XVI and World Youth Day

Isle of Man Post is issuing an engaging miniature sheet, consisting of two special postage stamps, and two stamp labels, on Monday 15 August, to commemorate Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVl, and the XX World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, Germany.

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