“Pope Benedict XVI is protected by several white umbrellas because of strong winds and rain while leading a prayer vigil on a vast dusty esplanade outside Madrid during the World Youth Day (WYD) festivities on Aug. 20.
Lightning illuminates the sky as a storm occurs the during a Vigil as part of the World Youth Day 2011 on Aug. 20, in Madrid, Spain. Initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985, World Youth Day, which includes youth-oriented events for the celebration of the Catholic faith, is held every three years in a different country; this time in Madrid from Aug. 16 – 21.”
While the rain was needed to cool the heat, could the bad weather be a message from Heaven that it is not too pleased with the failed communist/socialist government in Spain which has brought that nation, with a very rich heritage on the brink of economic ruin? Add that to the senseless verbal attacks by protesters of WYD young pilgrims and protests that have turned violent.
“A freak thunderstorm on Saturday forced Pope Benedict XVI to cut short his speech to an estimated million young pilgrims gathered for the church’s world youth festival, giving the outdoor prayer vigil at a Madrid airfield a dramatic climax.
During the day, firefighters atop fire trucks had sprayed the crowds with water from hoses, and pilgrims sought shade from umbrellas, trees, tarps, and tents in a bid to stave off the near 40-degree Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) heat. As night fell, a flash downpour drenched the crowd: with lightning lighting up the night sky, the 84-year-old Benedict was forced to skip the bulk of his speech and merely deliver brief greetings in a half-dozen languages.”
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“I debated about whether to post these photos but I decided to for an important reason: to ask for prayers and to encourage us to support and appreciate the courage of Catholic pilgrims in Madrid who have had to face, at times, vicious anti-Catholic harassment.”
Also With MANY THANKS To Reuters Faithworld:\”Anti-Pope Protesters Confront Madrid Police And Catholic WYD Pilgrims (Pix)\”
With MANY THANKS To Both Thomas Peters And CatholicVote.Org Blog. Read More Here:\”Photos Of Martyrdom: Anti-Catholic Protestors Taunt Pilgrims In Madrid\”
With MANY THANKS To Both AP And MSNBC. Read More Here:\”Thunderstorm Forces Pope To Cut Speech\”