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Chicago Youth Rally for Benedict XVI

By Matt Abbott

A sizable number of young Catholics on April 20 rallied in support of Pope Benedict XVI in front of Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral, where just two days earlier, a group of dissident nuns and lay women garnered media attention by creating pink smoke in protest of the male-only priesthood.

Organized by Mary Kelly Ames, respect life coordinator for St. Mary of the Angels parish (and who held an “Authentic Feminists for Benedict XVI” sign), the rally included a large contingent from St. John Cantius parish, decked out in the papal colors of yellow and white. They marched from St. John Cantius to Holy Name – a distance of several blocks - and carried signs, papal flags, and a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Elissa Klein, one of the participants and, along with her family, a parishioner of St. John Cantius, was especially excited about the event.

“It's awesome that we were able to do this to show the world our love and respect for our Holy Father,” said Elissa. “What a great time to be Catholic!”

Other participants included Mary-Louise Kurey, Margaret Manczko and Tessa Kocan, all of whom work for the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The rally was, thankfully, covered in a fair manner by local media.

Photos of the rally can be seen here:


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