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Caritas Internationalis president, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga has given the first of three catecheses at World Youth Day in Madrid. The theme of all the catecheses is “That each of us uses what we receive to serve others.” Caritas Spain looks at the first catechesis.
Building communities through faith
“What are the foundations of our faith like?” With this question Cardinal Rodriguez reflects upon how the building of our lives “can only be complete if they are built on the solid rock that is the Lord”. He called on young people to “build on the rock by listening to the Word and putting it into practice”. Only in this way can we be “living stones, who love and defend life and who build the community that is the Church.” This is possible “even though we’re here from different countries and cultures, we have the same faith […]
By Ana Guirao, Caritas Spain
The heat didn’t stop thousands of young people coming to Plaza de Cibeles to take part in the inaugural mass for World Youth Day.
Even though the celebration was starting at 8 in the evening, young people started to arrive from midday onwards. Young people with their country flags came from all corners of the city to converge on the square.
Cardinal Antonio Maria Rauco, Archbishop of Madrid, welcomed the young people. He then gave a homily in which he said, “Do you accept the wonderful and beautiful challenge of “the new evangelisation” of your young peers?
Answer him yes, remembering that vibrant and brave call of John Paul II in the homily on Monte del Gozo on the 20th of August, 1989:
“Do not be afraid to be saints! Let Christ reign in your hearts! Answer him yes with a complete hope and a generous opening to the […]
The Caritas team has touched down in Madrid, Spain, to take part in World Youth Day celebrations.
We´ve arrived to hot and sunny Madrid after a long journey from Sydney. We were ecstatic to be out of the Aussie winter, but we were in for a shock with temperatures of 38 degrees!
This morning we attended the Australian gathering at Palacio de Desportes with 4000 fellow Aussie pilgrims. The energy was high-spirited as people were singing and dancing outside the auditorium.
Once inside, it was great to be part of this massive Australian community. It was amazing to see everyone bond over Aussie pride, and also connect though our celebration of faith.
The first speaker, Cheryl Fernandes reminisced about Sydney WYD 2008 and her recent pilgrimage from Israel. For us, her powerful speech inspired us to take our experiences here in Madrid and continue to act justly, love tenderly and walk […]
Ana Guirao, Caritas Spain
(see below for Spanish)
We just had the final press conference in preparation for World Youth Day. They offered us load of figures about the participation, registration, volunteers, costs and the like. Almost half a million people have already registered.
We’re really on the home straight. The stage in Plaza de Cibeles – the place where the Pope will be welcomed – is almost up, so are all the structures to hold TV cameras and satellite equipment. Pilgrims have started to arrive and you can see all the volunteers on the streets wearing their green tabards. Madrid has been turned into one big stage in preparation for this festival of faith.
This is the right time to celebrate hope. It’s a moment when many tired and disheartened young people will see firsthand that it’s possible to have hope, that love is in each person’s heart and is just waiting […]
By Ana Guirao, Caritas Spain Available also in Spanish Almost half a million young people from around the world will gather in Madrid with Pope Benedict to celebrate World Youth Day from 16-21 August. It is a real opportunity for young people to answer their call and to strengthen their commitment to their faith. The Pope will celebrate Mass and participate in the Via Crucis while there as well hear young people from different countries confess . The culmination of WYD will be a concluding Mass on Sunday 21 August which will be celebrated by the Pope and at which hundreds of thousands of people are expected. WYD wouldn’t be complete without a fundamental aspect of Christian life: charity. How can you love Christ and not love your neighbour? How can you take part in adoration of the Eucharist and non in the suffering of your brother or sister? This […]