Between 24-26 July the Right Rev. John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, delivered catechesis to young people from around the world as part of their World Youth Day pilgrimages. The topics included 'Thirsting for Hope, Thirsting for God' and 'Go forth - sent as disciples of Christ to be missionaries'.
The number of pilgrims who had gathered for the catechesis on the first day was so great that young people were sitting through the aisles and in the side chapels of the Church to be able to participate in the Catechesis.
In his talk on the first day Bishop Sherrington referred to his pilgrimage from the French side of the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He also differentiated between nomads, who have no particular destination, and pilgrims who have a fixed aim although they do not know what their journey will be.
In all of the talks Bishop Sherrington also took questions from the pilgrims on topics including vocations, sin and his thoughts of World Youth Day.
Throughout the catechesis sessions the Sacrement of Reconciliation was offered to pilgrims.