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Lunch of a lifetime: Breaking bread with the Pope


Parramatta pilgrim’s lunch with Benedict XVI

WYD Claire Brown News Story
Catholic Diocese of Parramatta pilgrim Claire Brown (second from left) and the other youth representatives during their World Youth Day lunch with Pope Benedict XVI.


Catholic Diocese of Parramatta pilgrim Claire Brown has experienced the lunch of a lifetime during World Youth Day (WYD) 2011 Madrid, sharing a meal with Pope Benedict XVI.

Claire - a parishioner from St Finbar’s Parish in Glenbrook and Parramatta Viva Spain & Italy pilgrim - was one of 12 young people given the honour of lunching with the Holy Father at the Apostolic Nunciature.

His Holiness sat at a round table with the 12 young people, two of whom were representing WYD host country Spain, along with two representatives from each of the five continent.

The Holy Father spoke to Claire and the other young pilgrims about new technologies and Facebook. He said that the Church has been communicating for 2,000 years, and today it should also be present in the virtual plaza, using these new instruments for the proclamation of the Gospel.

Vatican Press Office Director Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said each of the 12 young people spoke with the Pope, "relating the sentiments and emotions they are experiencing as they participate in WYD, bringing as well the sentiments of all the youth of the country they represent."

"The Pope listened to each one of them, choosing to listen more than to speak," Fr Lombardi said.

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