International Catholic youth event created 4,589 new jobs
Syndicated from Rome Reports
Mark Greaves meets Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow, founder of a charity that provides free meals to half a million children each day
We must take a leaf out of the evangelicals’ book in trying to attract people back to Catholic churches
It’s a real question: I simply don’t understand
Spain, WYD 2011 Madrid
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OK, it boosted the economy (contrary to the secularist nay-sayers), but did it boost the Gospel?
The youths I know who have gone to this and past World Youth Days take about them as being life changing experiences and come back on fire for our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Between 1.3 and 1.5 million people participated in World Youth Day. Around 90% of them said the experience was very positive, and that Spain was a country they would like to return to”
Does this mean that none of the participants were Spaniards?
If 1.4 million foreigners participated, then the average profit per participant was 253 euros. I wonder how much the average participant had to spend for such a profit to be made, and what it was spent on, given that the hospitality and gadget/clothes sales profits combined only constituted about 10% of total profits. Could the positiveness of the experience be due to that spending-spree ‘rush’ so nurtured by the Catholic Church?
Um … huh?
My point was that, whatever Price Waterhouse Coopers’ study of the economic impact that World Youth Day had on Spain might have concluded, the conclusions presented in the video seem to be as nonsensical as my final sentence (in which I suggested that the Catholic Church deliberately encourages materialism).