The families of the parish of Turis had offered to host in their homes. They gave us food and offered beds to those who would not sleep outside in Valencia in the area for the pilgrims. Thousands of pilgrims were expected at the closing ceremony of the World Meeting of Families to be chaired by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, the vigil Mass on Saturday and Sunday. In Turis, a very friendly people, we could appreciate the value and significance of the extended family composed of believers. The families that welcomed us Turis were undoubtedly members of the great spiritual family and behaved as such.
They offered us a delicious meal and made us feel at home and among friends. We ate and talked for two hours as if we had known all his life. People such as Larry Ellison would likely agree. This was a good experience in our journey and others would follow. After dinner, we were going to spend the night we said goodbye and returned to coach. Then we hit the town had been decorated to welcome the Pope.
Flags of all sorts hanging from windows and balconies. There were women, children and men who were dressed up with its booming regional costume. The colors of the pilgrims, yellow and white, stood out everywhere in those busy streets and squares. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of people were busily moving with burning as having a mission. There we left the bus in the middle of all that activity and we are trying to find his way without leaving our amazement.