Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pope Announces Venue of Next WYD in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro will host the next World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI announced Sunday to hundreds of thousands of young Roman Catholic pilgrims at the close of this year's event in Madrid.

"I am pleased now to announce that the next World Youth Day will be held in 2013, in Rio de Janeiro," the Pope told the faithful assembled to celebrate Mass at a military airbase on Madrid's western outskirts. The crowds of young people from around the globe erupted in cheers at the announcement.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Youth Wish to Hear Word of God, Says Pope

Hundreds of thousands of Catholic youth from around the world have gathered in Spain's capital this week not simply to meet other like-minded young people, or even to see the Pope, but because they wish to hear the word of God, says Benedict XVI.

The Pope said this today during the welcome ceremony, held at the State Pavilion of the Madrid-Barajas Airport, which took place on the first day of his four-day trip to Spain.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Madrid Overtaken by World Youth Day

For participants in Madrid's World Youth Day, this week has been one of a series of hot days of waiting in line to take part in the different cultural programs, including movies, classical and modern music, and art exhibitions.

Residents of Madrid noted that the streets have been flooded with an endless rivers of young people dressed in bright-colored T-shirts, with caps and flags, singing in loud voices and greeting one another with an "hola" with many different accents.