World Youth Day, Sydney 2008

The Importance of Witness

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I have been somewhat surprised and saddened by the negative spin the local media is taking on the pope’s arrival in Australia and on World Youth Day.  It seems everyone has joined the sport of Catholic-bashing.  Interestingly, the only columnist in the local papers that called the Catholic-bashing a “sorry sport” is himself a former Catholic and avowed agnostic!

I think that this attitude, which is not quite so prevalent in the U.S., gives us reason to continue to do what we are doing – living our faith humbly, honestly, and yet publicly, when possible.  That is precisely what 200,000 young people are doing in Sydney!  They are witnessing to the hope their faith affords them.  In joy and humility – and this is something that crosses generations.  It’s great to see the faces of bishops light up when they see so many young pilgrims on fire for their faith. 

Today we welcome the Holy Father to Sydney.  I also will man the vocations booth at the convention center.  Some of the San Antonio pilgrims plan to join me for that.  G’day, mates!

-Bishop Cantu


Written by archsa

July 16, 2008 at 7:02 pm

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  1. I’m certain this event will change a lot of hearts…Thanks to you all for representing us all back here in SA! You’re in my prayers. BTW, is it possible to list the group…or if this is too public, the parishes/schools they are from?

    Karen Braeuler

    July 16, 2008 at 8:52 pm

  2. Our community is praying for you and all the youth gathered there. May this experience open your hearts more to the Holy Spirit who is our inspiration in all we do. Enjoy the moments that are still left in this holy experience.

    Sr. C. Rodriguez

    July 17, 2008 at 8:49 am

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