Cardinal Omella administers the sacrament of Confirmation to a group of twenty students at UIC Barcelona

The Archbishop of Barcelona, Monsignor Joan Josep Omella, administered the sacrament of Confirmation to the students during the Mass held in the University’s Aula Magna lecture hall

On Friday 30 April, the University's Aula Magna was transformed into a temple. Twenty university students received the sacrament of Confirmation from the Archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Monsignor Juan José Omella, and two further students received the First Communion.

Led by the Archbishop of Barcelona, the Mass was concelebrated by the Vicar of Opus Dei in Catalonia and Andorra, Monsignor Ignasi Font, and by two of the University's priests, Monsignor Albert Ribot and Monsignor Josep Lluís Riocabo. Monsignor Marc Labori, personal secretary to Cardinal Omella, also concelebrated the ceremony.

In his homily, the Cardinal encouraged the newly confirmed students to be courageous in their day-to-day lives, to share their faith and above all, to be bearers of God's mercy throughout the world. “Though our contribution may be small, God is counting on us to carry him with us all over the world. Just as in the biblical story of Naaman the Syrian, who ended up trusting that the simplicity of the water from a mere stream would cure him from leprosy. And so it did.”

The ceremony was modest and was attended by a small congregation due to the current circumstances, but was brought to life by the songs sung by the Belén choir.