Parramatta to Rio blog: extraordinary spirit amid the deepest of poverty
The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta's WYD2013 Executive Co-ordinator Ian Jordan is currently blogging his way through South America with Diocesan Business Manager Michael Digges, making sure all is in readiness for when the Diocese's pilgrims journey to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro next year (23 to 28 July 2013).
"The Lima shanty town of Pueblo Joven ('Young Town'), houses more than 70,000 of the very poorest and is in the Parish of Medalla Milagrosa," writes Ian.
"Parish Priest Fr Arthur accompanied us on a tour of the Parish, showing us the many wonderful initiatives he has instigated and established.
"The families we met were wonderfully friendly, always welcoming and greeted us with warmth and hospitality. The children were a delight.
"We saw schools, pre-school nurseries, vocational centres and housing which had a lasting impact on us all.
"Michael and I have high hopes that our pilgrims will be able to work with this community.
"We then set off to another area North of Lima, known as Pamplona alta. Again we saw deep poverty and social disadvantage, matched by an extraordinary spirit of people, welcoming and friendly."
Follow Ian's Parramatta to Rio blog at the Catholic Youth Parramatta Site
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