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Pope's Homily at Concluding Mass for 6th Asian Youth Day
Last edited 17th August 2014

Dear Young Friends,

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Pope to Asian Youth: Wake Up! Sing, Dance, Rejoice
Last edited 17th August 2014

This Mass marked the closing of Asian Youth Day, which brought together thousands of youths from at least 22 Asian countries. The Pope gave his homily in English, encouraging young Christians to take an active role in life and society, despite being a minority: "You have a right and a duty to take full part in the life of your societies. Do not be afraid to bring the wisdom of faith to every aspect of social life!”

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Pope Francis in Korea: Homily on the Solemnity of the Assumption
Last edited 15th August 2014

On Friday 15 August, Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption in Daejeon at World Cup Stadium in Korea. Here is teh full text of the Pope's Homily:

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Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan in Sydney - August 2014
Last edited 15th August 2014

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) conferred its highest honour, Doctor of the University, on the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, on 14 August, during his visit to Sydney.

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Into Heaven: A Reflection for the Feast of the Assumption
Last edited 15th August 2014

Celebrated every year on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates her assumption into Heaven, body and soul - which is a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time. Because today signifies the Blessed Virgin's passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts and is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means all Catholics should attend Mass! Watch this video for a reflection on today's beautiful celebration.

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Pope to South Korean Leaders: The World is Tired of War
Last edited 14th August 2014

The Pope's first meeting in South Korea was with the president and civil authorities of the country. The welcoming ceremony took place in the "Blue House”, the South Korean Presidential Palace. After the welcoming address of the president, Francis gave his first speech in South Korea in English. The Pope focused on peace and reconciliation.

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The Assumption - Holy Mother's Heavenly Birthday
Last edited 14th August 2014

The Assumption of Mary celebrates the Virgin Mother's transportation to Heaven at the end of her life and will be commemorated by Catholics across the world tomorrow, Friday, 15 August.

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Feast Day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Martyr of Auschwitz
Last edited 14th August 2014

Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest who died as prisoner 16770 in Auschwitz, on August 14, 1941. When a prisoner escaped from the camp, the Nazis selected 10 others to be killed by starvation in reprisal for the escape. One of the 10 selected to die, Franciszek Gajowniczek, began to cry: My wife! My children! I will never see them again! At this Maximilian Kolbe stepped forward and asked to die in his place. His request was granted.

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‘A Return to the Middle Ages’
Last edited 14th August 2014

Barbarism has returned in a supposedly civilized world. What can we do? “How do you dialogue with a fanatic,” asks an Iraqi Patriarch in the middle of insane violence. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako says he is working with the government of Iraq to bring Christian refugees to Baghdad.


Effects of World Youth Days and Australian Catholic Youth Festivals - A Paper by Bishop Anthony Fisher
Last edited 13th August 2014

Since around 2000 and especially since the World Youth Day (WYD) in Sydney in 2008, the Church in Australia has put a lot of energy into promoting the attendance of young people at the WYDs held internationally every three years. Australia has also now begun its own cycle of national events (the Australian Catholic Youth Festivals or ACYFs), also slated to occur every three years and modelled substantially on WYD.

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