Archive for August, 2011

Benedict XVI prepares for trip to WYD 2011 in Madrid

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

“Tomorrow I will go to Madrid, where I will have the joy of meeting so many young people gathered there for the XXVI World Youth Day. I ask you to join spiritually through prayer for this important event in the Church”.

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“WYD Is Decisive for Your Future” Cardinal to Youth

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, welcomed youth to Madrid today with the affirmation that their presence is an “unwavering ‘yes!’ Yes, faith is possible.”

The Vatican official of the dicastery charged with organizing World Youth Days thus got the 26th World Youth Day under way. “The day we have all been waiting for has arrived,” he exclaimed.

“You have come to this meeting with the Holy Father Benedict XVI bringing with you all your plans and hopes, as well as your concerns and apprehensions about the choices that lie ahead,” the cardinal stated. “These will be days that you will never forget, days of important discoveries and decisions that will be decisive for your future.”

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CiNews:Burglar at Mount Argus caught on internet television cameras

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Below is an excerpt from an article by CiNews regarding the burglary in Mount Argus,

A burglar at one of Ireland’s most famous churches has quickly ended up in the arms of the Gardaí as a result of being caught in full view on the internet television cameras installed some years ago.

According to Fr Bernard, the Gardaí were quick to detain their suspect once they had viewed the image from the internet television cameras and the detained man brought them to a hiding place where the missing chalice and its paten were located.  Unfortunately, both had suffered damage.  Some diamonds that decorated the chalice had been prised off and the paten too had a piece missing from it, apparently in an attempt to get a value for the gold from a dealer.

Asked by CiNews to comment on the role that the internet TV cameras had in apprehending the suspect so quickly, Tony Bolger, CEO at, said, “We’re very pleased that our technology proved to be so instrumental in this outcome.  Mount Argus is one of the earliest churches in Ireland to use the system and while the primary purpose is to bring the church into the living room of the visitor, it is clear that with these systems, there is a pair of eyes in the church all the time and this has to be a good thing in these days.”

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According to Tony Bolger, CEO of Church Services TV, While acknowledging the unfortunate act of vandalism and theft of important historical pieces associated with St Charles of Mount Argus, it was indeed fortunate that the Passionist’s had chosen good quality cameras. It was one of these cameras, which doubles as a CCTV system camera which picked up a very clear image of the suspect and which ultimately was of crucial assistance to the Gardai in recovering some of the items and detaining a male for questioning.

CI News: World Youth Day begins

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Below is an excerpt from an article about the beginning of World Youth Day from CI News.

Pope Benedict XVI is looking forward to the “wonderfully spiritual” moments that will occur during the World Youth Day celebration which start today (Tuesday)  with an evening Mass and opening ceremony in Madrid´s Cibeles Square, presided over by the archbishop of Madrid and concelebrated by the bishops and priests participating in WYD.

“The Pope is very happy and very much looking forward to meeting a million young people next week,” papal spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., told CNA in advance of the event.

by Ann Marie Foley

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Mount Argus St Charles exhibition vandalised

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

The permanent exhibition dedicated to St Charles of Mount Argus and located at the rear of the main Altar in Mount Argus Church in Dublin was vandalised on Friday morning last. Some important items were stolen in the raid. Glass fronts on some exhibits were also broken. In the course of the robbery the broadcast system for Internet masses via Church Services TV was also damaged. For this reason there has been no transmission of ceremonies since Friday last 12th August. Repairs to the service are expected to be completed on Monday 15th August. We regret the loss to the Passionist Community, Mount Argus Parish and Parishioners and to the faithful viewers who are unable to view ceremonies on-line until Monday next.