US bishops share their appreciation with World Youth Day pilgrims
Cardinal Francis George and Archbishop Timothy Dolan celebrate Mass at the Love and Life Center on Saturday morning
Cardinal Francis George and Archbishop Timothy Dolan celebrate Mass at the Love and Life Center on Saturday morning
By Alejandro Bermudez
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Some 8,000 U.S. pilgrims at World Youth Day 2011 received expressions of gratitude and encouragement from their country's bishops, following a Mass on the morning of August 20.

“We bishops encourage your energy, your enthusiasm and your love. We support your witness when you go back home, we request your prayers in return,” Chicago's Cardinal Archbishop Francis E. George told Mass attendees at the “Love and Life Center,” this week's headquarters for English-speaking pilgrims.

Cardinal George, who presided at the Mass, spoke “on behalf of my brother bishops,” thanking the U.S. pilgrims “for your dedication and your love to our Lord Jesus, for all your efforts and the testimony you have given.” New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan was the homilist at the Mass, concelebrated by all of the U.S. cardinals and bishops attending World Youth Day.

In his remarks, Cardinal George also encouraged the young pilgrims to be “grateful to your parents, your benefactors and all those who made possible for you to be here.”

After the Mass, delegates from the U.S. bishops' dioceses arranged for the faithful of the local churches to meet with their bishops, at sites throughout the large “Palacio de Deportes.”

Chicago resident Larissa Campos told CNA that “it was really cool to spend time with our bishop.”

“I haven’t seen him since I received confirmation and it was so great to be here with him, sharing the same experience,” she added, after meeting with Auxiliary Bishop John Manz.

“We also discovered he is a lot of fun … something we would have never imagined,” said Maricela Avila, also from Chicago.

The Mass and get-together was the last event held at the “Love and Life” pilgrim center, hosted by the Knights of Columbus and the Sisters of Life. At its peak, on August 17, the site hosted 20,000 pilgrims.

Sponsors of the English-speaking center included Holy Cross Family Ministries, Canada’s Salt and Light Television Network, the Apostleship of Prayer, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), World Youth Alliance and the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Pope Francis in the Philippines: Manila Welcomes the Pope
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Highlights
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Interview with Cardinal Ranjith
Pope Francis in SriLanka: Inter-religious Faith Meeting
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day

Liturgical Calendar

January 25, 2015

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mk 1:14-20


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mk 1:14-20