More than 10,000 young pilgrims from Australia and all corners of the globe gathered in Madrid on Wednesday 17 August to hear the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell give one of the first catechesis sessions at World Youth Day in Madrid.
Catholics in Iraq are maintaining a strong faith despite persecution in their country, Iraqi bishops and seminarians explained to a group of young pilgrims at World Youth Day. “All young Catholics are brothers in Jesus Christ, and Iraqis need all (of them) to pray for the entire country, both Christians and Muslims, because Iraq is very important to Christianity,” said Samir Haddo Atallah, a seminarian from Mosul, Iraq. Visit this article to read more.
At noon on Tuesday 16 August , 4000 young pilgrims from Australia joined the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, 24 of Australia's Catholic bishops and more than 300 of our priests and seminarians for an official Down Under launch of World Youth Day in Madrid. Watch the highlights here on Xt3!
World Youth Day began with John Paul II's invitation to young people in 1984 to come to Rome for Palm Sunday. More than 300,000 turned out for the celebration.The following year - 1985 - coincided with the United Nations International Year of Youth. On Palm Sunday that year, young Catholics came to Rome once again. Then on December 20th, the Pope announced the first official WYD meeting for 1986. The second international WYD gathering took place in Buenos Aires in 1987.
At noon on Tuesday, 4000 young pilgrims from Australia joined the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, 24 of Australia's Catholic bishops and more than 300 of our priests and seminarians for an official Down Under launch of World Youth Day in Madrid.
Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko welcomed the more than 500,000 young people who flooded the Plaza de Cibeles at the World Youth Day Madrid 2011 opening Mass on Aug. 16. “The day we have all been waiting for has arrived,” Cardinal Rylko, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, said. “After a long path of preparation you are finally here in Madrid, a beautiful modern city that will be the world capital of Catholic youth for the next few days...” Visit this article to read more.
An essential part on the road of faith for every Christian is the sacrament of Confession. For this reason, and specifically for World Youth Day, the Festival of Forgiveness has been organized from August 16th to 20th in the Retiro Park. Visit this article for all the details.
Fr. Barron speaks briefly about his experience in Madrid during the second day of World Youth Day festivities.
The Catholic Church in Spain will benefit greatly from this week’s World Youth Day – and in ways that can’t be imagined yet, say Australian Catholics who hosted the 2008 gathering in Sydney. “God works in many and mysterious ways - but God is at work,” said Cardinal George Pell of Syndey, after attending a rally of over 4,000 Australian pilgrims in Madrid on August 16. Visit this article to read more about the Australian Gathering in Madrid!
Watch this video to re-live the Opening Mass for the 26th World Youth Day in Madrid!
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