by Anura Guruge
Here is one link.
This USA Today article says that the tent collapsed during the storm — the one that the pope said was a blessing from the Lord! Quite a blessing, indeed. I hoped the injured thanked the Lord for this their very personal blessing. I wonder how many close by were truly bummed that they too were not better blessed.
For those that were irked by my ‘free pass’ statement might want to read this from the gravitas-filled UK Guardian that refers to it as a ‘special concession.’ It must be a British thing. Free pass, special concession both allude to the same thing. This article also has a nice picture of the temporary confessionals — though don’t ask me why they show a priest in partial undress, right at the front. Hhmm.
Here is another good article on the whole papal trip from The New York Times.
The next World Youth Day will be in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, in 2013. The pope, 86 by then, no doubt plans to attend.