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Faith Fest

posted by awelborn

Go to this NYtimes article on WYD, not as much for the article as for the slide show, linked on the first page. Interesting portraits of youth who attended and their stated reasons..



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Veronica

posted August 22, 2005 at 12:58 am


Good article. It really moves me though, that even though practically everybody agrees Benedict doesn’t have JPII’s charisma, he is quickly growing on many people’s hearts. I especially like the fact that young people are willing to give him a chance, and that they love him just for being the pope, rather than for being a crowd-pleaser. So many in the media doubted he would “connect” with the youth, and even suggested many would outright reject him, but so far, that has not happened… quite the contrary, actually. Even the MSN, definitely not known to be pro-Catholic, said that his visit to Germany had been “a success”. What a difference with their gloomy predictions 4 month ago of him being a new Torquemada-like inquisitor!



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Jorge Salinas

posted August 22, 2005 at 2:57 am


I agree with Navarro VallsĀ“s opinion about the main charisma of Benedict XVI: “Concepts”. In a very clear language he is spreading basic notions to young and adults, believers and not-believers.



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Anonymous Teacher Person

posted August 22, 2005 at 5:16 am


The portraits were very interesting. I wonder how hard the NYT tried to find a “diverse” spectrum of those in attendance at WYD. That is, it would seem to me that perhaps the goal was, “let’s find all different types of people here for all different reasons for this photo shoot.” Creating a somewhat artificial picture of the spectrum of motivations for young people to attend this celebration. It just seems to me that there would be a greater proportion of young people who would say something like, “Rah Rah Pope” and less like, “I came here to see my girlfriend.”
Perhaps that is just wishful thinking.



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Anonymous Teacher Person

posted August 22, 2005 at 5:18 am


Huh. I just went and viewed the slide show again, and there do seem to be more outright “Rah Rah Pope” comments that I remembered.
Pretty much nevermind. Never post comments before breakfast, my new motto.



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Ruth

posted August 22, 2005 at 6:15 am


The slide show completely moved me-especially the beautiful shot of the young priest in a cossack (sp?). Every now and then NYTimes gets it right.



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Mary Kay

posted August 22, 2005 at 6:57 am


I would be greatly surprised if those photos (only 2 smiles in the slide show) were representative of people at WYD.



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Victoria

posted August 22, 2005 at 7:22 am


Hey whaddayaknow. I actually quoted from that NYT piece, about the 12 kids having dinner with the Pope, with he having to translate for others with good humour at one point.
I have been covering the WYD celebrations on my blog since Thursday, and perhaps you’d like to read today’s installment, called:
Quick
It’s about the visual impact of the festivities.
Tomorrow, I may probably “close” the topic with a review of the Pope’s memoirs, which I read specially for the event.
Far from being the dour, conservative of Christiane Amanpour’s worst imaginings, he’s (no surprise to us), very charming and open.
Cheers,
Victoria



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Septimus

posted August 22, 2005 at 7:36 am


I think the positive reception of his holiness, Pope Benedict, is simply proof of what we believe and know: it is about the office; he stands in the shoes of the fisherman.



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Septimus

posted August 22, 2005 at 7:37 am


…not to deny any of the holy father’s personal gifts, which are manifest…



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Gerard E.

posted August 22, 2005 at 8:00 am


Looks like he’ll grow on the kids. But please, Mallory, not the ‘he’s so new.’ Been around the Vatican block for a while, my dear. But I digress…. None quoted with the supermarket wish lists of many elders- women
priests/married priests/’openness.’ A.J. from San Diego seemed to have the best handle on the situation- knowing they return home flying in the face of an absolutely opposing culture- and they need to stick together through e-mail and other electronic media. Nice little counterculture that seems to be percolating stronger after each WYD. Should be good fruit emerging in- oh, about 20 years from now…. Sooner, please, Lord.



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Christine

posted August 22, 2005 at 8:30 am


I only caught a bit of the closing Mass last night but I was struck by the graciousness of Cardinal Meisner’s welcome to the Holy Father and to all present. I noted with interest that the response to the Pope’s invocation “The Lord be with you,” was “and with your spirit.”
I know that not everyone is in favor of making that change in the English liturgy, but to me it sounds more, well, “spirit filled” than “and also with you.”



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Christine

posted August 22, 2005 at 8:38 am


“Far from being the dour, conservative of Christiane Amanpour’s worst imaginings, he’s (no surprise to us), very charming and open.”
I don’t want to get off topic here, but Amanpour intrigues me. I know she is Iranian on her father’s side but you almost never hear about her mother, who I am speculating has got to be German because “Christiane” is most decidedly a German name. If that’s the case, she could show a little more respect.
Back to the topic.



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thomas tucker

posted August 22, 2005 at 8:40 am


Hmm. Why are so many of these kids smoking?



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Maureen

posted August 22, 2005 at 9:12 am


I noticed the girl from Belarus.
Do recall that Belarus is not a free country at all; it’s run by people who desperately want to go back to the good old days of Stalinism. So I don’t know how she got to WYD or where she’s going afterward, but I can tell you that’s one brave young woman.
That said, I also think the photographer’s a bit too fond of serious, staring at the camera poses….



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sissa

posted August 22, 2005 at 1:40 pm


Amanpour’s mother is British.



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Victoria

posted August 22, 2005 at 6:04 pm


I don’t want to get off topic here, but Amanpour intrigues me.
Insomuch that she’s a bit like Peter Jennings, who injected a kind of foreign flavour to his presentation when he lived, she does me too.
Let’s just say that you’d never confuse her with Andrea Mitchell. That forced Mid-Atlantic accent for one is too telling…
(I’m British, so forgive the acid drop remark)
I know she is Iranian on her father’s side but you almost never hear about her mother, who I am speculating has got to be German because “Christiane” is most decidedly a German name. If that’s the case, she could show a little more respect.
Christine, sissa already mentioned it, but yes, her mother is British.
She did a segment once on her dad, and her trip to visit Iran and mix with young kids, asking them about life in Iran, where he was prominently shown. She never mentions her mother though…
Not too many people know that she and JFK Jr shared a house in Rhode Island when they attended Brown University in the early 80s. This will come as no surprise when you see that the chap she eventually married, Jamie Rubin, ex-Under Sec’y of State in the Clinton Adm., was a Jewish dead ringer for JFK, Jr.
I’m afraid, though, that’s the extent of my knowledge of good ole biased Christiane.
P.S.: If any of you are interested further impressions on the Pope, and haven’t seen it via the Anchoress’ recent link to it, here’s the best piece I ever wrote on my blog, coincidentally wrapping up the Conclave/Installation of Benedict XVI. It’s called:
“Why are We Afraid of Benedict XVI?”
Although I have an eclectic, non-unithemed blog, my Catholic side takes over once in a while. :)
Cheers,
Victoria



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Victoria

posted August 22, 2005 at 6:08 pm


Hmm. Why are so many of these kids smoking?
Because almost every young person from 18 to 25 smokes in non-North American countries.
In England, both the working classes and upper-classes are notoriously heavy smokers. It’s the middle-classes that are more anti-smoking.
Whenever I return home (since I have emigrated to the US), it’s a cultural shock all over again — the wafts and wafts of smoke that reach my nostrils wherever I go.
Japan was almost uninhabitable for me, because of their “Mild Seven” addiction…
Cheers,
Victoria



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