It was a year ago that Benedict XVI traveled to Spain's capital to lead World Youth Day. The gathering brought together more than 2 million youths from all over the world, all of whom traveled to Madrid to celebrate their faith.
Even before World Youth Day was celebrated in Madrid, Benedict XVI described the gathering as a 'cascade of light.' Now, a year later, this is the title of a new World Youth Day book. The book, which is in Spanish, includes 224 photographs and all the speeches given by Benedict XVI.
On 2 April 2012, Pope Benedict XVI will meet with young people from Madrid, who will thank the Pope for choosing Madrid to host the last World Youth Day and, above all, for the fruits produced by his trip to Spain.
As we approach the end of the year, it is a good time to reflect on the largest Catholic event that marked 2011 - World Youth Day in Madrid! Do you remember Xt3's promo video for WYD? Watch it again as we recall the great moments of the Pope's visit to Madrid.
Take a look at the video highlights from Aussie Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid! See you in Rio in 2013...
Watch this video to find out how Catholic youth responded to the atheist, anti-pope march that took place on August 17, during World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid.
In this video, World Youth Day 2011 pilgrims explain why they like being Catholic! "We our Catholic because our religion is one of love, the one, true Church that Christ established, whose joy and strength is manifest in her youth, as in all her members."
The WYD Madrid team have created a short clip to illustrate what it means to be "Planted and Built Up In Jesus Christ, Firm in the Faith", drawing from the scripture passage Luke 6:47-49:
Why did over a million young people travel to Madrid to see an elderly Pope? Fr. Robert Barron talks about what draws young people to WYD and the Papacy in this video!
During August 2011, the Pope asked Catholics everywhere to pray for World Youth Day in Madrid. Even though the event is over, we can still pray for the WYD pilgrims - that they may bring the WYD message back home and be witnesses to Christ.
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