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July 18th, 2008

World Youth Day, Sydney

A boat carrying Pope sails on Sydney Harbor A crowd of over 200,000 watch Pope seen on screen Catholic clergy listen as Pope addresses pilgrims Police hold back barricades as pilgrims try to catch a glimpse

Pope and Australian Governor General Sir Michael Jeffery receive a general salute Pope Benedict XVI flanked by youths aboard of Sydney 2000 vessel Pope Benedict XVI gestures to the thousands of pilgrims at Bangaroo Pope Benedict XVI inspects a guard of honor as part of World Youth Day

Pope Benedict XVI inspects a guard of honour during the ceremonial welcome Pope Benedict XVI inspects an Honor Guard at Government House Pope Benedict XVI is introduced by Cardinal George Pell pope prays at shrine at the mary mackillop memorial chapel

Pope Benedict XVI prays at the shrine Pope Benedict XVI raises his hands as he walks with Australian Governor General Pope Benedict XVI remarks as Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd listens Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence

Pope Benedict XVI watches a group of aboriginal dancers Pope Benedict XVI waves after he arrives at Government House in Sydney Pope Benedict XVI waves as he inspects an Honor Guard Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leave Bangaroo after  World Youth Day

Pope Benedict XVI waves from his pope mobile as he arrives at Bangaroo Pope Benedict XVI waves from the stage as he arrives at Bangaroo Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims as he passes the Sydney Opera House Pope Benedict XVI waves while arriving at Bangaroo

Pope flanked by Cardinal George Pell greets pilgrims Pope is welcomed to Australia by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Pope leaving after World Youth Day The World Youth Day Cross is transported across Sydney Harbor

Thousands of pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI Youths walk with flags at the Barangaroo East Darling Harbour in Sydney. Pope Benedict XVI listens as Australian Prime Minister welcomes him Kevin Rudd,Wife and Pope

Pope embraces an aboriginal elder Pope  listens at St Marys Cathedral Crypt Pope signs visitors book at Admiralty House Youths pray near candles at St. Marys Cathedral

Sydney has never seen anything like it since the Olympics. Not even that event, however, could match the spectacle of a papal ‘boatacade’ gliding past the bridge and the opera house to deliver Pope Benedict into the cheering embrace of 200,000 young people from around the world.

The Pope’s arrival at World Youth Day had a theatrical quality worthy of the media world in which today’s young people live. By contrast, his message to them was delivered in a self-effacing, direct manner, making clear that the Pope refuses to cast himself as a rock star; he is a teacher and he set about teaching. The young listened with great respect, some closing their eyes, concentrating deeply on his words. He commended to them the care of the planet that he had flown over, inviting them to live by the values of truth, beauty and goodness as the way to heal the scars not only of our planet but also of our souls. Cries of delight erupted as the Pope concluded by greeting the different language groups. The final singing of the World Youth Day anthem, Receive the Power of the Holy Spirit, had the crowd in full voice, hands lifted high and swaying gently in time with the simple alleluia of the chorus, all nationalities united in one word and one gesture.

You would have to be hard hearted not to be moved by so many young people singing their hearts out affirming their acceptance of the Pope’s demanding invitation to follow Christ. Yet hard hearted is exactly the quality that has characterised the Australian media coverage leading up to the event. The city’s leading daily, the Sydney Morning Herald, has for weeks been pursuing an agenda highlighting the civic disruption, the cost to the taxpayer and a whole host of local concerns summed up in the headline ‘The Stations of the Very Cross.’ In parallel, the national TV channel, ABC, led a concerted attack on Cardinal Pell, with ‘Lateline’ (think Newsnight) running negative stories about his alleged mishandling of cases of clerical abuse. All the perpetrators had gone to jail but the Cardinal was still in the firing line from the victims or their families. Insensitive remarks by church spokesmen prolonged the agony. This coverage had become so negative by the weekend before the Pope’s arrival, that The Australian ran a leading article saying that the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC were guilty of ‘squalid myopia’, urging Australians to be proud of hosting WYD in Sydney. Surprisingly, the BBC correspondent in Australia appears to be following the ABC agenda, so BBC reports are heavily weighted towards the clerical abuse agenda. Stunning images of joyful young people lining Sydney harbour were accompanied by a commentary on clerical abuse.

The Sydneysiders themselves have greeted the young with warmth and delight, so eventually the Sydney Morning Herald has run feel good headlines. But the experience of those of us simultaneously watching the events and the media is not just how different the reports are to the event. Rather, I am left with a feeling that while the young are full of energetic hope, bringing soul to one of the world’s great cities, the Australian hierarchy is struggling to cope with its detractors. The Pope will sail through this but how will the local church be when the Pope and the pilgrims have left? The youth will have been deeply affirmed in their faith, for sure, and I pray that the same will be true for the Australian Catholic Church.

The media in Australia, hate what they cannot control and influence. Media, the world over, know the press gives power. That is why the rich own papers and T.V stations. The press lose control when the faityhful gather at events like WYD. They press don’t set the adenda, and so they attack.

Generally the media is quite anti-Christianity, particularly  Catholics or Evangelicals. I don’t know if its secular institutional bias or market forces: sex sells! I mean who cares about the thousands in Burma, Zimbabwe or Iraq surviving on church provision? And true to form, the world-wide media have ignored this  WYD event. Google, had one, only one entry on this event, and it led with the BBC lead line about clerical abuse.

Seems no one wants to hear “good news” these days. Maybe because the “Good News” is counter-cultural.

July 16th, 2008

Jesus and Mary Pictures

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Above given are several Jesus and Mary pictures. Most of them have baby Jesus in them with His mother Mary. Click on any thumbnail for the original pic. As we know how blessed Mother Mary and Jesus are. Jesus is the son of God and God himself. Mother Mary, the virgin chosen by God almighty to bear his son in her womb. How blessed would be Mother Mary to get such a blessing from God.

When did Virgin Mary live? The gospel texts provide no information about when Mary was born or when she died. If, however, Jesus was born in 4 BCE and was her first child, then Mary was likely born no earlier than 20 BCE.

Where did Mother Mary live?The gospel texts describe Jesus’ family as living in Galilee. Luke, Matthew, and John, though, describe her origins as being in Bethlehem, which is in Judea.

What did Mary Mother of Jesus do? – She was a sacred woman who did all the duties of a housewife as the ideal wife of Joseph, Jesus’s father. She had complete faith in God and submitted all of herself to God completely in His service. She have helped her child Jesus grow in Gods love.

Our Lady Rosary is the best prayer loved by all the people around the world, and that includes Pope John Paul II also. Mary’s part in shaping Jesus life cant be neglected and Mary is the mother of all nations as she enjoys that glorious position given to her. Mother Mary’s command over Satan or devil or lucifer is huge. We also call her mama Mary.

When we are about to die,  devil comes to our side and makes us remember all the bad things and sins we done in our whole life. He will do it with such enthusiasm that we will even fear to look at God or go to heaven after death. But it is for this reason that we say Hail Mary prayer which has the following lines too (in red).

Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

See Hail Mary in Pictures too.

Mother Mary with angels will come to our side then and help us resist the temptation Satan and his devil army will cause us at the death time. O Mary, Mother of God, Please be at my side when I am about to leave this earth. Amen.

NB: More and more Jesus and Mary pictures will be added very soon. Keep checking back. We will be adding more images of mary with baby Jesus Christ.

July 16th, 2008

Invocation of Saint George

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Faithful servant of God
and invincible martyr, Saint George;
favoured by God with the gift of faith,
and inflamed with an ardent love of Christ,
thou didst fight valiantly
against the dragon of pride,
falsehood, and deceit.
Neither pain nor torture,
sword nor death could part thee
from the love of Christ.

I fervently implore thee
for the sake of this love
to help me by thy intercession
to overcome the temptations that surround me,
and to bear bravely
the trials that oppress me,
so that I may patiently carry the cross
which is placed upon me;
and let neither distress nor difficulties
separate me from the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Valiant champion of the Faith,
assist me in the combat against evil,
that I may win the crown promised to them
that persevere unto the end.

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