If you live in Spain you would have to be completely cut off from radio, TV, newspapers and internet not to have come across these three letters JMJ. They stand for Jornada Mundial de Juventud, which means World Youth Day. This in itself needs qualifying as it has actually covered four days, and is not for any youth, just those who embrace the catholic faith. It is true that they have come from all four corners of the world, one and a half million of them apparently, and taken over the city of Madrid.
Protesters, quaintly referred to as “los laicos” (lay people), who do not wish for the JMJ to be paid for by their taxes, seem to be the ones targetted by police in this curious mass of humanity, whilst the catholic youth enjoy protection, discounts and cheap accommodation – all of which demonstrates yet again that the “catholic v. anti-catholic” debate is still not resolved in modern Spain.