August 18th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Pope reaches out to youths in Spain

By the CNN Wire Staff

Madrid (CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI told Catholic youths to not hide their beliefs from their peers during a speech he delivered Thursday in Spain for World Youth Day.

"With all my heart, I say again to you young people: let nothing and no one take away your peace; do not be ashamed of the Lord," the pope said.

He added that, "the young followers of Jesus must be aided to remain firm in the faith and to embrace the beautiful adventure of proclaiming it and witnessing to it openly with their lives."

He was in Spain for a four-day visit for the event, a week-long series of religious events that the Roman Catholic Church organizes every three years.

The pope was greeted by a large crowd of followers, youths from all over the world, but the pope's visit was not without controversy.

Read the full story here about the Pope's arrival in Spain
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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Michelle

    Astonishingly bad journalism: article says "The pope was greeted by a large crowd of followers." There were 1 to 1.5 MILLION pilgrims from around the world. This is big news, but the media hate religion and good news, it seems, so they twist the truth. A shame.

    August 22, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  2. mel

    Someone should remind the spainish what Catholic priests do, I think the pope didn't mean touching the youth metaphorically. He is a high standing member of the illuminati, and touching children is apart of being in that satanic worshiping organization. So is the Mormon church, goggle how catholicism is satanic if you honestly disagree.

    August 22, 2011 at 1:13 am |
  3. Faith

    Europe need Vatican. Not vice versa.

    August 20, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  4. prophet

    the vatican reads everything on here because they are so insecure, so where is their faith

    August 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • geraldh

      Really? How do you know that?

      August 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  5. prophet

    what is horrendous is the amount and level of abuse that these catholics have done and are still doing to little children and they are disgusting hypocrites and i have seen what these so called clergy do and i Believe in The One True God but not in these disgusting religions that pretend to represent Him instead they use Him as an excuse to abuse people.

    August 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  6. prophet



    these are illnesses

    August 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  7. prophet

    But so many people deny the existence of The One and Only True God but then these same people are trying to tell us what God is doing that is wrong so they deny and yet at the same time confirm God's Existence.

    August 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  8. Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

    Sad, I wonder how many small boys have been r a p e d during this visit?

    August 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  9. Kirk


    August 19, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  10. Faith

    Americans, know that atheists make death threats everywhere not just in the West. Atheists instictly can't stand seeing religious people.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  11. Faith

    Atheists call fact-telling as bigotry when they bash religions groundlessly like hell. I shall ignore them. The American public has rights to know the facts from survivors of militant atheism.

    August 19, 2011 at 5:52 am |
  12. TruthPrevails

    Faith: When and where does the bigotry stop? If you have such a problem with other people's beliefs go back to your cave and stay out of the real world. It doesn't seem to matter what or whom you are offending, you obviously don't care and for that alone you are the lessor of christian value representation.
    All Atheists are villains-NOT (I see my welfare check every month-NOT; my criminal record is a mile long-NOT...what I do see is my pay check hard earned)...all gays are sinners-NOT.
    You are a malicious person who takes advantage of the stuff science has inspired. You are a cruel individual who apparently was not taught bounds or morals. You hide behind your bible because you have a hard time facing reality. You call us out on everything an as.sume that you have the answers. When you come on here spewing your complete and utter bs, you look like a fool. How about trying to live in peace? Until you learn that everyone deserves the same chance, you are wasting space on this planet.

    August 19, 2011 at 5:12 am |
    • The Lambly Winged Lion of The Gods Does Roar Almightily

      Darwinian theoretics doeth the workings of unplugging the sanctimonies of earlied young who are just now becoming of adulthoods' animoaniousisms and what will then become life's normalism?

      August 19, 2011 at 5:26 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Lamb..Ask god next time you are connected for the coherent gene..you may have one missing...

      August 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  13. Faith

    If Spain wanted to be better than the English, French or Germans, they should have read the Bible.

    August 19, 2011 at 3:12 am |
  14. Faith

    Spain's problem has been the oppression against non-Catholics and THEN not-listening to the Church authority in crucial matters regarding morality.

    August 19, 2011 at 3:11 am |
  15. Faith

    Spain should listen to the Pope. Really and properly this time.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:52 am |
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