Thursday, August 18, 2005

photo Copyright Emily Neubauer, CFFC, 2005

I just want to take a minute and gush over the incredible response we have head from just about everyone. People on the street. People on the metro. People over the internet. People from our schools and offices. It's really rewarding to see a face brighten when the read the postcard that you've handed them and ask for more. Given our reception here, I think I can say with confidence that this demonstrates that young people are behind those bishops around the world who have already stood up and told the Vatican that it is moral to use condoms to prevent the transmission of death and that condoms are for life.

It hasn't been totally perfect (though what is?). We heard that one of our ads was damaged by vandals. No biggie as the campaign ads are by the hundred all over the metro system. However it sort of makes you feel sad when this sort of thing happens but I guess you get destructive people at any big event be it a football game or a religious celebration. Certainly the pilgrims we meet everyday are in strong agreement with our message that condoms save lives, so I'm not taking it personally. Besides, have seen destruction of the pope's image too on billboards throughout the city - some people have put a little Adolf Hitler mustache on him.......oh dear oh dear oh dear..

Today we even got endorsed by a German politician. Claudia Roth came by to tell us she supports what we are doing in Cologne and she thinks we are great.

photo Copyright Emily Neubauer, CFFC, 2005

Can't believe it's already almost Friday. I saw some cool pieces on google. I'm really proud of the whole coalition and I hope that we continue to find ways to work together.

From the London Times today:

Pope faces condom protest on visit to GermanyBy Ruth Gledhill for Times Online

The new Pope embarked on the toughest test of his papacy to date when he arrived in his native German this morning to greet a crowd of more than 400,000 young Catholics gathered to celebrate World Youth Day.
The event, which became one of the biggest showcases of his charismatic predecessor's reign, has already been the focus of lobbying by the some of the Church's most committed youth on issues such as the Vatican's opposition to condom use to prevent the spread of Aids.

Pro-condom posters have been plastered throughout Cologne's public transport system as part of the Condoms4Life during the week-long event.