CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 15 December 2018

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Forty testimonies to pope during Lent

LONDON (Agencies): On each of the 40 days of Lent, 40 young people in the United Kingdom (UK) will share their testimony of how Pope Benedict XVI has impacted upon their faith and their lives, Zenit.org reported.

Beginning on February 13, Ash Wednesday, just two days after Pope Benedict announced his resignation from the papacy to the world, the diverse testimonies have included those of Lisette Carr, a young blogger who authors Catholicism Rocks, a blog dedicated to sharing positive Church news; Ryan Service, a seminarian for the archdiocese of Birmingham in his first year at the Venerable English College in Rome; Charles Bradshaw, a young man discerning whether he has a vocation to the priesthood or not; Father Paul Moss, vocations director in Birmingham; and Michaela Blackwell, a first year medical student.

The initiative is being driven by an online resource for young people who have found their lives enriched through their faith during the current pontificate, calling itself Generation Benedict. It is managed by Carr and Collette Power.

On their website, they have downloaded accounts of the visit of Pope Benedict to the UK, as well as his presence during World Youth Days. Carr and Power claim that this has made him an important figure for this current generation of young people.

They summarise the importance of his pontificate for young people, saying, “Pope Benedict will be truly missed by our generation. Those who have met him look upon him fondly, as a gentle grandfatherly figure, as he has pointed us towards Christ, at a point in time when many of us were at a crossroads—telling us not to settle for second best, but to strive for sainthood.”

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