World Youth Day

Day 35: I saw God’s Love in Pope Benedict’s Eyes

Paschal Uche, 23, is studying pharmacy. In September 2010, he addressed the Pope on behalf of the young people in Westminster Piazza. People often joke about me having a personal friendship with the Pope after having met him some two years ago on his visit to the UK. In fact one priest friend sometimes calls […]

Day 23: Study this Catechism!

Maria Byrne, 21, is from Surbiton Surrey and works as a Lay Chaplain in a primary school. She is involved with Youth 2000 and the youth initiative, Take A Stand. “A meek man of mighty action” – When I first read these words in a newspaper, describing Pope Benedict, at the time of World Youth […]

Day 21: Reaching out

Majella is a 27 year old MSc student in Psychology in Dublin, who has an interest in Spirituality, and the dialogue between Christianity and other religious traditions. My first memory of Pope Benedict was when he stepped out onto the global stage on his first overseas journey, to address the youth gathered for World Youth […]

Day 18: Living Differently

Fran, 21, is orginally from the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. She is currently studying Theology at Leeds Trinity. Having been brought up in a Catholic family, going to Mass every Sunday with my parents and brothers, you’d think I’d have always had some devotion to our Holy Father. I’m afraid not. Don’t get me […]

Day 15: A Child in God’s Arms

 Naomi Ceairns, 25, is the assistant director at Soli House, a retreat centre for 14-18 year olds in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.  She is orginally from the parish of Christ the King, Coventry but currently lives in community at Soli House with other 12 young people where she helps 1000s of young people each year […]

Day 14: Keep Your Eyes Fixed on the Lord!

Fr. Jan Nowotnik is parish priest of Our Lady & St. Brigid Parish, Northfield Birmingham. He has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham for nearly fifteen years. He studied at the English College in Valladolid and so has a love of things Spanish! He is the chaplain to the Birmingham Diocesan World Youth […]

Day 13: The Noble Task of Education

Andy Cavadino is a teacher at St Urban’s Catholic Primary School in Meanwood, North Leeds. He is also a catechist and musician, frequently appearing at Catholic events across the country. I still vividly remember turning on the television in a student flat in Manchester and seeing white smoke coming out of a chimney. So much […]