First of all, I would like to send my very best wishes to all the young people that we are taking to Spain this week to prepare for World Youth Day the highlight of which will be the final Mass in Madrid, celebrated by Pope Benedict on Sunday 21st August. I would ask these young people to pray for our dear country at this critical juncture in our history. They have all decided that the message of the Gospel is central to their lives, and I believe they can be an inspiration to us all. What a contrast they present to the evil scum (yes, I say evil because they all have powers of reason and know the difference between right and wrong) who are destroying our cities and terrorising the silent majority of people who are going about their lives trying to bring up their children in difficult economic circumstances or trying to run businesses, often small family businesses that have in some cases survived for generations. There are some wonderful young people in the same generation as those who are disgracing themselves at the moment. One of our privileges at Pax Travel is to pass on some of our knowledge to their generation whilst ourselves benefitting from their incredible technical skills. May we continue to work together, old gits with young hopefuls. I know which category I come into! In the meanwhile we are working hard preparing for our autumn pilgrimages. If you want to get away from the mayhem here we can still take you on a variety of pilgrimages. How about Assisi for the feast of St. Francis going on to Subiaco and the monastery of St. Benedict (October 3rd – 7th, 6 places left). Or to walk in the steps of Christ in the Holy Land on one of our pilgrimages in November and December. Perhaps now more than ever, Christian pilgrimage is vital to our continued wellbeing and future existence.