Skip to comments.Invisible people popping up in Rio
Posted on 07/26/2013 8:10:44 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
Stop me if you've heard this one before, but the crowds at World Youth Day (WYD) in Rio are much larger than the mainstream media predictions.
Just last week we were hearing that WYD might be a disappointment. Early registrations were lagging behind expectations. The Brazilian government didnt want to kick in extra funding. Lots of young Brazilians disagreed with the Pope. Those gloomy predictions didnt even take into account the spectacularly bad weather that has turned outdoor meeting places into bleak acres of ankle-deep mud.
Doom! Disaster! But wait. When the curtain rose on WYD, there were 500,000 enthusiastic young people standing patiently in the rain. When the Pope made his first appearance last night, 1 million people were cheering and waving banners. If this is gloom, lets have more of it! How many of the worlds celebrities would be disappointed by a crowd of 1 million?
This has been happening for years now. Whenever the Catholic Church organizes a major international event, the media tell us to be prepared for disappointment. Dont expect large crowds, reporters tell us; dont expect much enthusiasm. Then a million or so people show up and cheer themselves hoarse.
Why are the mainstream media always, always wrong about these events? They were wrong about World Youth Day in Denver, in Manila, in Rome, in Madrid, and now in Rio. They were wrong about the Jubilee Year in 2000, and wrong about the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin last year. Theyve been wrong about virtually every papal trip abroad. There are always large crowds, and the media experts never see them coming. Why?
Could it be that faithful Catholics are invisible to the secular media? Reporters are familiar with the young people who watch MTV, who love rock concerts, who buy the latest fashions, who go bar-hopping on Friday nights. Youll see them all in the Style section. But you wont see the kids who go to Mass, say the Rosary, or slip off to Confession. They wont be in this weeks newspaper. Theyre missing. Maybe theyre in Rio.
Remember, the MSM think everyone thinks and acts like they do or should anyway.
Or, in the face of overwhelming data, should be reported on as if they did!
I’ve given up hope on the main-stream media - and it crosses borders too, not just the USA.
If an international pro-abortion rally was held and they managed to get 1000 people to show up (which is highly unlikely), I am certain that every major US news organization would cover it.
A lot of the concert-going, bar-hopping young adults are Catholics. They may not be going to the early Mass on Sunday Morning, but they’ll turn out to see the Pope.
Or they will go to the vigil mass before the go out for Saturday night.
One of the commentators on EWTN said that there are more media outlets in Rio than ever before to cover a WYD but that there is very little coverage coming from it. IMHO they only want to publicize bad news and haven’t found it yet....pathetic. Our DBM is disgusting.
Biggirl: “Or they will go to the vigil mass before they go out for Saturday night.”
I know someone who does this. My prayers don’t seem to be working. Feel free to add one or more of your prayers.