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How I got to say Mass with Pope Francis

By Father Marion Nguyen Benedictine Father Marion Nguyen is working on doctoral studies on monastic spirituality at the Pontifical Atheneum of Sant'Anselmo in Rome. Father Marion, a member of Saint Martin's Abbey in Lacey and a graduate of O'Dea High School, was a priest for the Archdiocese of Seattle priest before becoming a Benedictine. Going bac...
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Pope tells young people not to be couch potatoes

Pope tells young people not to be couch potatoes
The July 30-31 World Youth Day vigil inspires this young adult pilgrim to act. Tyler Smith, young adult pilgrim World Youth Day is a time of simplicity.  In preparation for the final mass with the pope, we spent the night in an open field. Our dinner consisted of a pre-made, bagged meal, which we ate while sitting in a circle laughing at not b...
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Muddy jeans and sharing trinkets, fellowship and faith

Muddy jeans and sharing trinkets, fellowship and faith
Getting to the July 29 World Youth Day Stations of the Cross with Pope Francis is no easy trek for this pilgrim Elizabeth McIntosh, young adult pilgrim, St. Pius X Parish in Mountlake Terrace On Friday I represented the Archdiocese of Seattle at Stations of the Cross with Pope Francis. I'd like to say it all went smoothly and th...
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Mercy for all and papal inspiration

Mercy for all and papal inspiration
​Two Western Washington World Youth Day pilgrims blog about their July 27 experiences Kayla Arpin, youth pilgrim, Holy Family Parish in Kirkland I am so blessed to be able to share in the beauty that is happening here in Poland! Today we celebrated the opening mass for World Youth Day with more than 200,000 people. It was a crazy, busy adventure bu...
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Auschwitz's impact and the pope's birthplace

Auschwitz's impact and the pope's birthplace
Two Western Washington pilgrims write about their experiences in Poland on July 25. Auschwitz Seattle young adult pilgrims visited Auschwitz on July 25. At right is the "Pond of Ashes" at Auschwitz where cremated human remains were poured. Photo: Courtesy Young Adult Ministry Visiting the birthplace of St. John Paul II The Seattle yo...
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Travel fatigue and mercy lessons

Travel fatigue and mercy lessons
(Warsaw church where Seattle young adults joined a welcome barbecue and prayer with other World Youth Day pilgrims on July 23. Photo: Tyler Smith) By Rogelio Navarro Wow! Today we actually began the World Youth Day pilgrimage! After all that tremendous planning, anticipation and hard work, it is finally a reality!  We are i...
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Heading to World Youth Day 2016

Heading to World Youth Day 2016
Pilgrims from Holy Family Parish in Kirkland and St. John the Evangelist Parish in Vancouver and their families pose at the airport on July 22 as they travel to World Youth Day with the Archdiocese of Seattle's "Youth and Family" delegation. Photo: Courtesy Archdiocese of Seattle Youth Ministry Services By So...
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Holy chaos

Holy chaos
By Alexander Cranstoun Holy chaos. If there were two words I would use to describe the Holy Father's visit to the United States, holy and chaos would be it, followed by inspiring faith and historic journey. That's not just because Pope Francis came to the U.S. for the first time, but because of the response that he received here. Millions of people...
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What the pope's U.S. visit means to a college student

What the pope's U.S. visit means to a college student
Alex Cranstoun took these photos at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. of the set-up for the outdoor Mass with Pope Francis on Sept. 24 at which Blessed Junipero Serra will be canonized. Photos: Alex Cranstoun. ​By Alexander Cranstoun​ Editor's note: Pope Francis is the fourth pope to come to the U.S...
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'Pope Francis' poses for pictures at local parish

'Pope Francis' poses for pictures at local parish
A life-size cardboard cutout of Pope Francis visited Prince of Peace Mission in Belfair after each of the Masses on the weekend of Sept. 19-20.  Parishioners delighted in taking photos with the pope and sharing them on social media (sometimes as their new profile pictures) and with friends and family, said Mary Ann Shutty, Prince of Peace's pa...
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Covering the 2015 World Meeting of Families

Covering the 2015 World Meeting of Families

(Photos: Catholic News Service) Northwest Catholic's assistant editor, Kevin Birnbaum, will be traveling with the Archdiocese of Seattle's pilgrimage group to the 2015 World Meeting of Families. Stay tuned for his blog posts here, including posts about our pilgrims, speakers and events, and Pope Francis' visit to the gathering. ...
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