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World Youth Day 2011 Madrid underway



From Rome Reports

World Youth Day (WYD) 2011 Madrid is officially underway with the Opening Mass in Madrid's Plaza de Cibeles on 16 August welcoming the thousands of young pilgrims who have come from every corner of the world to celebrate the event.

Led by Madrid's Archbishop, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, the Mass was held in several languages. Also celebrating the Mass were 800 bishops, archbishops and cardinals, as well as about 8,000 priests.

The Cardinal honoured the words of John Paul II urging the young people to not be afraid.

“Don't be afraid of being a saint. Let Christ live in your heart. Respond to Him with a 'yes' that's full of excitement and generosity of life,” the Cardinal said.

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