Tuesday, August 16, 2005
World Youth Day Opens

Today World Youth Day opens and marks the 10th annual gathering of youth. This is an event that began under Pope John Paul ll and attempts to bring youth together, although it seems to be just another WoodStock and not in any manner an authentically Catholic retreat. I do not support World Youth Days for the debauchery, immodesty, and sacrilege which have come from these events.

So far there have been 405,000 registered individuals comprised of 101,174 Italians, 38,549 French, 31,908 Spanish and 24,237 Americans with 191 countries and territories being represented.

Now, some claim that World Youth Day attracted only those wishing to see Pope John Paul ll as a celebrity and not a religious leader, and there are no statistics available to how it helped increase the number of Catholics.

Also, I'm following it through a blog I found by a priest attending World Youth Day. Visit the blog, Coragio, to see more, though I do not necessarily endorse any views expressed on that website.

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