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Over the next three days, bishops attending World Youth Day from all over the world will be leading catechesis sessions throughout Madrid in an impressive array of languages. 

In the English-speaking world alone, tremendous diversity can be seen in the catechists selected. The largest proportion of bishops leading catecheses in English hail from North America. Two of these catechist-bishops are Canadian, Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton and Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver. Several American bishops will also speak at the morning catecheses, including Bishop Edward Burns of Juneau, Alaska, one of the more remote state capitals of the U.S., Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, and Archbishop Charles Chaput, recently appointed as Archbishop of Philadelphia. 

Outside North America, English-speaking bishops have been chosen from almost every corner of the globe, even areas not noted as predominantly Anglophone. For example, one bishop, Emiliano Tria Tiron of the Diocese of Legazpi, is from the Philippines, a country known for its concentration of fervent Catholics but not often mentioned as an English-speaking nation. Tiny islands such as the 90%-plus Catholic Malta, in the Mediterranean, and St. Lucia, in the Caribbean, are represented among catechists in Madrid. Africa will be represented, namely by bishops from Nigeria and South Africa (Wilfrid Napier, Archbishop of Durban), as will Austraila.

These catechesis sessions, structured around the theme of World Youth Day, “Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith,” will be an opportunity for youth and the bishops leading them these next few days to be even further strengthened in their faith. Let us pray especially for the world’s English-speaking bishops as some will be more directly profiled here on the World Youth Day website over the coming days.

Text from http://www.madrid11.com

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