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World Youth Day Madrid 2011: Benedict XVI arrives at Madrid's Almudena Cathedral (Saturday, August 20)

Last edited 22nd August 2011

The pope arrives at Madrid's Almudena Cathedral where roughly 5,000 seminarians waited to celebrate Mass with him. The faithful waited for him since 6:30 a.m. when the Cathedral first opened its doors.

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Pope greets pilgrims from Popemobile during World Youth Day (Friday, August 19)

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After taking part in the Stations of the Cross, the pope passed by Madrid's Paseo de Recoletos and Plaza de Colon, where he greeted the faithfull up close from his popemobile.

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Benedict XVI to young religious "Thank you for your generous, total and perpetual 'yes'" (Friday, August 19)

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Around 1,600 young religious were met and thanked by Benedict XVI at the monastery of El Escorial. Four of them accompanied the pope through the door to enter the 'Patio of the Kings'. The cardinal and archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Maria Rouco Varela thanked the pope for his visit with the religious of Spain.

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WYD Madrid 2011: Benedict XVI passes through the Puerta de Alcala (Thursday, August 18)

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On his way to the Welcome Ceremony in Madrid's Plaza de Cibeles, the Pope was met by the mayor at Independence Plaza, one of the central points of Madrid.

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Pope met with traditional Spanish culture on his way to Plaza de Cibeles (Thursday, August 18)

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After crossing the Puerta de Alcalá, Benedict XVI planted an olive tree in memory of his visit to Spain. A group of Spanish horse riders then welcomed the pope with a traditional bow.

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Benedict XVI at WYD: "Let no one take away your peace, don't be ashamed of Christ" (Thursday, August 18)

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When the pope arrived in Madrid on Thursday, August 18 he was received by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos, who thanked the pope for his third visit to the country.

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A Rare Breed: The WYD Pilgrim from Communist China (Sunday, August 21)

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The final Mass of World Youth Day was a sea of national flags. In the million-strong crowd, however, it was hard to find one particular flag – China. That’s until CNA bumped into Thomas Zeng. “This week has been absolutely fascinating,” said the university student who’s traveled all the way from Shanghai to be at World Youth Day in Madrid. Thomas says he doesn’t know of any other pilgrims from China. Visit this article to read his story!

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John of Avila to be 34th Doctor of the Church

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During WYD2011, Pope Benedict XVI announced that the patron of Spanish diocesan clergy will be named the 34th doctor of the Church. St. John of Avila -- not to be confused with St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila's partner in reforming the Carmelites -- is known as the Apostle of Andalusia.

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Pope Benedict XVI's Homily at the World Youth Day 2011 Final Mass - Sunday 21 August 2011

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FINAL MASS

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Pope Benedict XVI's Homily at Mass for Seminarians & Announcement of St. John of Avila as Doctor of the Church at WYD - Saturday 20 August 2011

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EUCHARIST WITH SEMINARIANS

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