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Pope on the road: Vatican does detailed planning but expects surprises

July 17, 2013

VATICAN CITY - While Pope Francis' July 22-28 visit to Brazil has been planned almost down to the minute, the papal spokesman is certain it will be "a bit of an adventure."

Papal menu planners try to keep it simple yet sweet for World Youth Day

July 17, 2013

VATICAN CITY - Sweet and simple: That's the menu plan for Pope Francis when he stays at a church-run residence during his visit to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day.

Jesuit superior tells WYD pilgrims 'keep eyes, heart open'

July 16, 2013

SALVADOR, Brazil - Using the example of a big-hearted giraffe, the superior general of the Jesuits, Father Adolfo Nicolas, told 2,000 World Youth Day pilgrims: "Keep your eyes and your hearts open."

World Youth Day by the numbers: pilgrims, toilets and security patrols

July 16, 2013

SAO PAULO - As hundreds of thousands of young Catholic pilgrims descend on Brazil, World Youth Day coordinators in Rio de Janeiro are putting the finishing touches on preparations for up to 2.5 million people.

Vatican announces indulgences for World Youth Day

July 10, 2013

VATICAN CITY - To help encourage prayers for a spiritually fruitful World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, the Vatican announced July 9 that Pope Francis authorized a special indulgence for those who attend the event's liturgies and prayer services or follow along online in the proper spirit of prayer and contrition.

When advertising goes on the attack

April 5, 2011
Through the early days of the federal election, there was no shortage of information and opinion about issues ranging from the economy, environment, health care, military commitments and foreign aid. This is all in addition to the only topic most people are actually talking about: Whether we needed another trip to the polls at all.

Issues with a clear-cut relationship to Catholic teaching concerning the right to life or other social-justice matters have not loomed large so far. Nevertheless, as regular readers of The Register know, these issues did emerge in the most recent Parliament and remain in the background.  

In the media, political advertising started before the election was even called, and much of it is being described as “attack” advertising. Early in the campaigns, the ads have not been vicious but they merit the “attack” label because they project negative portrayals of party leaders rather than focussing on parties or policies. Despite charges that one party or another is more prone to this type of advertising, the reality is they all do it. As the campaign heats up, expect ads to become more strident and more personal.
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