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Catholics in Israel

August 16, 2011

Today everyone who hadn’t arrived in Madrid, got here. And when I say everybody, I mean everybody. I was expecting to run into Lourdes, though I know she isn’t here. There are Catholics in the Congo, there are Catholics in Russia and yes, there are Catholics in Israel. If you think about Catholics in Israel, it shouldn’t be too surprising, if you consider that the first Catholics are from there and the person who started the faith was born there as well.
We took a tour today of Madrid and everyone is super nice and festive, happy to be at something that makes Woodstock look like a school play. After the tour, it was back to the hotel to rest up for the opening Mass. We began the walk to Cibeles at around 6:40pm and arrived around 15 minutes later. We were surrounded by people, nothing, but people. It was festive, it was amazing and this is only the start of the Festival. The Cardinal of Madrid served. It was surreal to say the Our Father with so many people, and hearing it in every language you can think of. Then to offer the Sign of Peace to so many people you don’t even know was indescribable. All in all, quite an experience. Well, tomorrow it’s off to Avila for the day. See you when we get back

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