Spanish youth to represent Europe at lunch with the Pope

Rome, Italy, Jul 14, 2008 / 07:40 am (CNA) .- The Spanish Bishops’ Conference has announced that a 25 year-old Spaniard will represent the youth of Europe at the traditional lunch Pope Benedict XVI will host with World Youth Day attendees.

The lucky young man is Fidel Mateos Rodriguez of the Diocese of Salamanca. The lunch will be held on Friday, July 18, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.

According to Vatican Radio, the Pope will lunch with 12 young people, two from each of the five continents, plus one from Papua New Guinea and one from New Zealand.

It was also announced that three cardinals and seven bishops from Spain will lead catechetical sessions on July 16, 17 and 18.  A total of 17 bishops from Spain will be in Sydney, together with five thousand Spanish young people.