The upcoming World Youth Day in Madrid will be marked by Spanish joy, with the character of a fiesta, says the executive director of the event.
Yago de la Cierva made this comment during a briefing in the Vatican press office. He predicted that more than 1 million young people will participate in the event, which has the support of the government, region and municipality of Madrid.
Although the budget will be "austere," De la Cierva said, the youth day will be marked by the "Spanish joy of the 'fiesta,' as it will be, in fact, a very Spanish event."
The organizational team for the youth day also spoke at the meeting with journalists, reporting on various initiatives that are being carried out in preparation for this world meeting of young people with the Pope.
One of the organizational aspects that is receiving the greatest attention is the use of technology both to follow the celebrations as well as for practical issues.
De la Cierva stated, "The new technologies will particularly benefit young people because, thanks to cell phones, iPads, notebooks and other instruments to communicate on the network they will be able to know where events of the day are being held and those near to the area where they are, which restaurants serve lunch, etc."
He added that they will also be able to watch videos of the events with Benedict XVI and access multimedia material on how to pray the rosary and how to prepare for confession.