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WYD pilgrims welcome Pope


From Rome Reports

Pope Benedict XVI has been greeted by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims in Madrid's Plaza de Cibeles during the Holy Father's first event with young people for World Youth Day (WYD) 2011.

The event's official choir welcomed the popemobile as it passed a sea of flags from every continent.

His Holiness thanked the young people for their warm welcome to Madrid, a city the he defined as the “capital of the world's youth.”

“Through your presence and your participation in these celebrations, the name of Christ will echo throughout this great City,” the Holy Father said.

“Let us pray that his message of hope and love will also resound in the hearts of those who are not believers or who have grown distant from the Church.”

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