Youth Offer Their Faces as Birthday Gift for Pope

MADRID, Spain, APRIL 22, 2010 ( With the idea of making a birthday gift for Benedict XVI, World Youth Day organizers used the official Facebook page to collect 1,200 personal photos in 48 hours for a collage that forms the image of Benedict XVI.

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The image was published on the Pope’s birthday — April 16 — at the World Youth Day Web site.

«It is as though seeing the whole Church with one look,» one youth reflected.

And the Holy Father himself is participating in the external preparations for the Aug. 16-21 event in Madrid. During the general audience of Holy Week, one of the World Youth Day organizers, Paula Rodríguez, presented him with a hat embroidered with the official logo.  

«He took the cap, put it on, and looked at me as though asking «does it look all right?,'» Rodríguez recounted excitedly. «He was very affectionate, he was truly a father, excited also with me.»

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