Parramatta Pilgrim's private lunch with Pope


WYD Claire Brown News Story
Claire Brown (right of Pope Benedict XVI), one of 12 WYD pilgrims invited to a private lunch with the Holy Father.

From Catholic Communications, Archdiocese of Sydney

For 22-year-old Catholic Diocese of Parramatta pilgrim Claire Brown, it was a day she will never forget - lunch with Pope Benedict XVI during World Youth Day (WYD) in Madrid.

Claire, a parishioner and Special Religious Education teacher from St Finbar's Glenbrook, was one of 12 specially chosen young pilgrims who dined privately with the Holy Father at Madrid's beautiful and historic Apostolic Nunciature.

For the private Papal lunch, which is a feature of every WYD, two pilgrims from each of the world's five continents are invited together with two pilgrims from the host city.

"My first reaction on hearing I'd been selected to be one of the pilgrims, I couldn't believe it," Claire admits, describing her "complete surprise" when told by the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, that she'd been chosen to represent Australia at the lunch.

Read full report at the Sydney Archdiocesan Site


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