World Youth Day follow-up

For some excellent on-the-ground reports on World Youth Day, see the Catholic Herald WYD08 blog. Kurt Barragan, a seminarian at Wonersh, has been writing, as have Sophie, Rosie and Teresa Caldecott, daughters of the "Apostle of the Ressourcement", Stratford Caldecott.

Kurt manages to convey very well the good spirit that has characterised the World Youth Day with off-duty bus drivers offering to take pilgrims home, commuters joining in the fun, and being offered Vegemite (the Australian version of Marmite).

Rosie and Teresa have posted photos, including the one above. The backpacking priest is Fr Daniel Seward. Sophie has also been writing for the Oxford-Durham-Soho group.

James Preece has a good article which tells of the West Hull Parishes following the coverage live on EWTN and getting a message of their own up on screen. (Cf. Catholic and Loving It: St Wilfrid and World Youth Day) He makes a link with the teaching of St Wilfred on the importance of union with the Holy See, including a passage where St Bede quotes St Wilfred speaking at the Synod of Whitby:
"But as for you and your companions, you certainly sin, if, having heard the decrees of the Apostolic See, and of the universal church, and that the same is confirmed by holy writ, you refuse to follow them; for, though your fathers were holy, do you think that their small number, in a corner of the remotest island, is to be preferred before the universal church of Christ throughout the world?"

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