Sunday, July 16, 2006
A family message by Cardinal Pell
The visit was important and successful, because Spanish Catholics are under more hostile pressure from President Jose Zapatero's socialist government than at any time since the civil war of the 1930s.
Zapatero's government was elected unexpectedly after the terrorist bombing of Madrid's trains.
Although short on policies, it is anti- Catholic,anti-family, and working strenuously for a thoroughly secular state.
About one and a half million people, most of them young, attended the Saturday-night vigil and the Sunday Mass. Australia sent a delegation of 50 pilgrims.