Photos of Martyrdom: Anti-Catholic Protestors Taunt Pilgrims in Madrid

I debated about whether to post these photos but I decided to for an important reason: to ask for prayers and to encourage us to support and appreciate the courage of Catholic pilgrims in Madrid who have had to face, at times, vicious anti-Catholic harassment. The photos tell the story (via Reuters FaithWorld):

Protestors light the WYD banner on fire directly in front of praying pilgrims

Two men shout insults at a pilgrim nun as she walks by them

A group of men shout at a nun and young women as they pass

I don't even know how to describe this awful scene

Archbishop Chaput’s remarks on world youth day and religious freedom suddenly take on more urgency when you see images such as these. We must pray for those who hate the Church.



  • Quita

    If I’m correct this occurred in Sol the city centre mid week Wed. Although I was not there my team pilgrims were. The woman found it scary and stayed a department store and the men well they prayed/chanted “Benedicto”. The protest was meant to be regarding the Financial State of Spain, and were heading to a Govt building that required them to cross the square, however there were a few other groups that did hijack it.
    Another thing interesting to note is that at the same time WYD was on in Madrid so was the Gay matigra (an acquaintance of one of my family members were heading over for it)this apparently happens every year at the same time of year. So yes it was no surprise to me that this occurred.
    All I can say is that we just keep on praying and keeping our focus and eyes on Jesus. No one ever said it was going to be easy to be a follower of Christ so take up this suffering and offer it to our Lord and let him do the rest :) God bless you all.



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