Madrid (Thursday, 12/11/2014, Gaudium Press) Coming from Vienna, and after being lit in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the “Peace Light from Bethlehem ” will arrive on Sunday, December 14 to Madrid. The Spanish capital will host once more the message of love and hope that comes on the occasion of Christmas. It is a symbol of unity and commitment to building a better world.
|A group of Scouts of Madrid
carries the Peace Light from
Bethlehem – Photo Angel
Cantero – Valladolid.
The event, which for the last fifteen years is sponsored by the Catholic Scout Movement, occurs in the Spanish capital under the slogan “The flame – gives the flame”. The light will travel from Vienna to Madrid for a Eucharist celebration presided by the Archbishop of Madrid, Mons. Carlos Osorio, to take place in the Cathedral of the Almudena. The audience, estimated in approximately 3000 people, mostly children from all parts of Spain, will have in their hands oil lamps and candles that will later be given by the various delegations of the Scout as well as parishes, hospitals and nursing homes.
The pilgrimage to the “Peace Light from Bethlehem ” is a global initiative promoted by the Catholic Scout Movement in conjunction with a project lunched years ago by the Austrian public television. It takes place few days before Christmas when a child is send to the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem to pick up the light which burns there in honour of the Infant Jesus.
The Catholic Scout Movement joined this project since 1999, with the aim of bringing the Light of Peace as many people as possible around the world.
|Participants will carry candles for the
Eucharist at the Cathedral of the
Almudena/ Photo Scouts Burgos MSC
In Spain the Scout Movement is the largest leisure education organization for children and youth, with a presence in all regions. They have 27,000 scouts and more than 5000 volunteers, about 12,000 households, and 400 groups.
With information from SIC.