Pope's WYD 2011 itinerary released


Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI will meet with young university professors and visit a centre for people living with disabilities run by the Hospitaller Order of St John of God as part of his visit to Madrid for World Youth Day (WYD) 2011.

His Holiness will also meet with religious sisters at the Monastery of El Escorial, celebrate a Mass with seminarians in the Cathedral of 'La Almudena' and conclude his visit with a meeting to thank WYD volunteers.

The meetings will take place in addition to the main events of WYD 2011 in Madrid (15-21 August), which will be held in the vicinity of the iconic Plaza de Cibeles located in the city’s downtown area, and at the Cuatro Vientos Air Base located in southeastern Madrid. Cuatro Vientos will be hosting the Prayer Vigil and the Closing Mass of WYD, the two events that expect to see the highest attendances.

On the afternoon of Thursday 18 August, the day of the Holy Father's arrival in Madrid, a Welcoming Ceremony will be held with young people from around the world in Plaza de Cibeles - one of the most emblematic locations in the city.

On the night of Friday 19 August, the WYD Stations of the Cross will be held using 14 statues of great artistic and devotional value that have been contributed from different parts of Spain. This event will be held on the Paseo de Recoletos, between Plaza de Cibeles and Plaza de Colón.

The events that expect to see the most participants will take place on Saturday (Youth Prayer Vigil) and Sunday (Mass) at the Cuatro Vientos Air Base, located in the southwest corner of the city, 8km from downtown Madrid. The facilities of the historic airfield also hosted the 2003 encounter of John Paul II with Spanish youth on his last visit to Spain.

See a full schedule of events at the official WYD Madrid 2011 site

To find out how people from the Diocese can participate in WYD Madrid, visit Catholic Youth Parramatta


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