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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | August 14, 1997
The Rev. Michael White stretched out his hand in blessing yesterday morning over the 19 youths from the Church of the Nativity bound for World Youth Day in Paris."
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By L'Oreal Thompson | November 28, 2011
Whereas some 25-year-olds find themselves grappling with the newly dubbed “quarter-life crisis,” Rachel Harkins, of Kingsville, is right on track to accomplishing her goals. Following a four-year stint as campus ministry director at her alma mater Mount de Sales Academy for Girls in Catonsville, Maryland, Rachel embarked on a new part of her journey earlier this year when she began teaching religion at The John Carroll School in Bel Air. “Being a role model is a great responsibility and a great privilege at the same time,” Rachel says.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | August 22, 1993
Parishioners who traveled cross-country to see Pope John Paul II during World Youth Day ceremonies in Denver, which ended last week, said they returned to Carroll County inspired to spread the pontiff's teachings at home.The group from St. John Catholic Church in Westminster "really bonded and got the spirit and intent of the events," said Carolyn Legal, 20, of Sykesville."Sharing the experience is now part of our mission," she said." 'Do not be afraid of the message of the gospel and the life Christ has called you to live' was his message," said Theresa Robinson, coordinator of religious education at St. John.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Hay Brown,SUN STAFF | August 23, 2005
Four months into his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI is beginning to make clear the ways in which he will continue the work of his predecessor - and how he will differ. Where Pope John Paul II created World Youth Day to renew his rapport with young believers, the new pontiff used his first trip abroad last week to introduce his own style and priorities to the larger church and beyond. Visiting a synagogue and meeting with Protestant and Muslim leaders in Germany, he signaled a willingness to continue the interfaith dialogue important to Pope John Paul - welcome news to religious leaders concerned by his writings on the primacy of Roman Catholicism when he was the chief doctrinal official at the Vatican.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | July 28, 2002
TORONTO - Melissa Bands, a bubbly Parkville teen-ager with a blond ponytail, spent part of her summer vacation helping out at a day camp for inner-city children. During spring break, she went south - not to the beach bacchanalia of Florida, but on a mission trip to El Salvador. And last September, she shepherded five vanloads of clothing she collected from parishioners at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church to a homeless men's shelter. "My parish is full of young people who do things like this all the time," said Bands, a senior at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | July 29, 2002
TORONTO -- In a plea to those he calls the hope and future of the church, Pope John Paul II beseeched hundreds of thousands of young Catholic pilgrims encamped yesterday on a former airfield not to lose faith because of "the harm done by some priests and religious to the young and vulnerable." In his first remarks on the sexual abuse scandal during this weeklong World Youth Day celebration, the pope said the abuse of minors by priests "fills us all with a deep sense of sadness and shame."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 21, 2000
ROME - In the largest youth gathering ever held in the West, more than 2 million young people prayed, sang, swayed and got sprayed with water hoses yesterday at a Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II on a hot, dusty, trash-strewn field in a suburb of Rome. The youth Mass closed a six-day World Youth Festival timed to coincide with a Roman Catholic Holy Year. The Italian media dubbed the gathering "The Catholic Woodstock" - a teeming love-in without the sex, drugs or rock 'n' roll, but with much of the same enthusiasm and abandon.
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By Tracy Wilkinson and Tracy Wilkinson,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 22, 2005
COLOGNE, Germany -- They slept in a dew-soaked field, packed head to toe, and awoke yesterday under heavy gray skies to hear Pope Benedict XVI urge his youthful followers to live a life of faith and to work to spread it. An estimated 1 million pilgrims from every corner of the planet attended the pope's open-air Mass, culminating weeklong World Youth Day festivities and the new pontiff's international debut. Freedom granted by God "is not simply about enjoying life in total autonomy, but rather about living by the measure of truth and goodness, so that we ourselves can become true and good," he told the crowd, offering the central moral prescription of his four-day appearance here.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Contributing Writer | July 18, 1993
If Theresa M. Robinson doesn't see doughnuts, pancakes and pizzas or smell sizzling sausage for a while, that's OK with her.In February, 13 teen-age members of the youth group at St. John Catholic Church in Westminster made the commitment to be part of the pilgrimage to participate in World Youth Day with Pope John Paul II in Denver on Aug. 13. Since then Ms. Robinson, who is director of religious education at St. John, and the Rev. Dave Pietropaoli, youth...
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By Newsday | August 13, 1993
There are thousands of journalists in Denver covering the visit of Pope John Paul II, but only a group of 8-year-old reporters got an exclusive interview with the pontiff. He must know something about U.S. journalism.The news media have been using the pope's visit as an opportunity to take the pulse of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. The stories have centered on the controversies that surround a conservative pope ministering to a more liberal flock. That coverage, World Youth Day officials say, is way out of line.
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By Tracy Wilkinson and Tracy Wilkinson,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 22, 2005
COLOGNE, Germany -- They slept in a dew-soaked field, packed head to toe, and awoke yesterday under heavy gray skies to hear Pope Benedict XVI urge his youthful followers to live a life of faith and to work to spread it. An estimated 1 million pilgrims from every corner of the planet attended the pope's open-air Mass, culminating weeklong World Youth Day festivities and the new pontiff's international debut. Freedom granted by God "is not simply about enjoying life in total autonomy, but rather about living by the measure of truth and goodness, so that we ourselves can become true and good," he told the crowd, offering the central moral prescription of his four-day appearance here.
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By Lorraine Gingerich and Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 15, 2002
A GROUP from St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville attended World Youth Day in Toronto last month. The three adults and eight teens were part of a larger group that traveled with 140 people from the Archdiocese of Baltimore. "Our main focus was to come together as a faithful community," said St. Louis youth minister Pat Sprankle. "We're prayerful pilgrims." The students and their chaperons arrived July 22 for the weeklong celebration of World Youth Day. Opening ceremonies and a vigil Mass were held the next day at Exhibition Place, a 192-acre park on the shores of Lake Ontario.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | July 29, 2002
TORONTO -- In a plea to those he calls the hope and future of the church, Pope John Paul II beseeched hundreds of thousands of young Catholic pilgrims encamped yesterday on a former airfield not to lose faith because of "the harm done by some priests and religious to the young and vulnerable." In his first remarks on the sexual abuse scandal during this weeklong World Youth Day celebration, the pope said the abuse of minors by priests "fills us all with a deep sense of sadness and shame."
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | July 28, 2002
TORONTO - Calling the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 an "icon of a world in which hostility and hatred seem to prevail," Pope John Paul II challenged the world's youth last night to be "a new generation of builders" who will construct a civilization of love. Speaking to more than a half-million Catholics participating in World Youth Day, during an evening prayer service featuring multilingual prayers and chanted psalms, the pope repeated a theme that has echoed throughout his two-decade papacy: Reject godless materialism and embrace a life of the spirit.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | July 28, 2002
TORONTO - Melissa Bands, a bubbly Parkville teen-ager with a blond ponytail, spent part of her summer vacation helping out at a day camp for inner-city children. During spring break, she went south - not to the beach bacchanalia of Florida, but on a mission trip to El Salvador. And last September, she shepherded five vanloads of clothing she collected from parishioners at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church to a homeless men's shelter. "My parish is full of young people who do things like this all the time," said Bands, a senior at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 24, 2002
TORONTO - Starting an 11-day foreign trip that promises to test his strength, Pope John Paul II arrived here yesterday and, in a voice steadier than it has recently been, exhorted young Roman Catholics to do their part in making a better world. "With their gifts of intelligence and heart, they represent the future," the pope said during brief remarks after his nine-hour flight from Rome. "But they also bear the marks of a humanity that too often does not know peace or justice. "Too many lives end without joy, without hope," he said, adding that because of that, young men and women needed to "commit themselves, in the strength of their faith in Jesus Christ, to the great cause of peace and human solidarity.
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By Kevin Cowherd | August 11, 1993
Pope John Paul II arrives in Denver tomorrow for World Youth Day, and already it's clear that U.S. merchandising efforts associated with the visit will be as tasteful as always.You'll recall that during the pontiff's last visit to this country, in 1987, some far-thinking entrepreneur came out with the infamous Pope-on-a-Rope soap.This was a natural fat and lanolin likeness of the Holy Father, which, while offending a vast segment of society, also sold like hot cakes at 10 bucks a bar.That '87 visit also prompted those famous T-shirts depicting the pope with noted theologian, Clint Eastwood, along with the Dirty Harryesque caption: "Thou Hast Made My Day."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 24, 2002
TORONTO - Starting an 11-day foreign trip that promises to test his strength, Pope John Paul II arrived here yesterday and, in a voice steadier than it has recently been, exhorted young Roman Catholics to do their part in making a better world. "With their gifts of intelligence and heart, they represent the future," the pope said during brief remarks after his nine-hour flight from Rome. "But they also bear the marks of a humanity that too often does not know peace or justice. "Too many lives end without joy, without hope," he said, adding that because of that, young men and women needed to "commit themselves, in the strength of their faith in Jesus Christ, to the great cause of peace and human solidarity.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 21, 2000
ROME - In the largest youth gathering ever held in the West, more than 2 million young people prayed, sang, swayed and got sprayed with water hoses yesterday at a Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II on a hot, dusty, trash-strewn field in a suburb of Rome. The youth Mass closed a six-day World Youth Festival timed to coincide with a Roman Catholic Holy Year. The Italian media dubbed the gathering "The Catholic Woodstock" - a teeming love-in without the sex, drugs or rock 'n' roll, but with much of the same enthusiasm and abandon.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | August 14, 1997
The Rev. Michael White stretched out his hand in blessing yesterday morning over the 19 youths from the Church of the Nativity bound for World Youth Day in Paris."
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