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WYD-SCHEDULE Feb-14-2011 (310 words) xxxi

World Youth Day in Madrid announces pope's August schedule

By Sara Angle
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) --When Pope Benedict XVI travels to Madrid for World Youth Day in August, he will hold special meetings with young university professors and with young religious sisters.

In early February, organizers of World Youth Day 2011 published what they said was the pope's "entire agenda" for his Aug. 18-21 trip to Spain.

WYD will begin Aug. 16, before the pope arrives; many of the events will take place near Madrid's central Plaza de Cibeles and at the Cuatro Vientos Air Base, organizers said.

The pope will arrive at the Barajas airport Aug. 18, where he will be greeted by the king and queen of Spain, they said. The usual welcoming ceremony with youths from around the world will take place that evening in the Plaza de Cibeles.

While much of the schedule repeats standard World Youth Day events, a couple of new appointments have been added to the pope's schedule, the organizers said.

On his second day in Spain, Aug. 19, the pope will meet young religious sisters at the Monastery of El Escorial, about 27 miles north of Madrid. Afterward, he will meet about 2,000 young university professors there.

In what has become a standard World Youth Day appointment, Pope Benedict will celebrate Mass Aug. 20 with seminarians in La Almudena cathedral.

Also on the papal agenda is a visit with a delegation of disabled persons participating in World Youth Day and with residents at a center for those with handicapping conditions.

In addition, the organizers said, Pope Benedict will be present in the Plaza de Cibeles Aug. 19 for the beginning of the Stations of the Cross, which will be spaced out over just under a mile of a main Madrid street. Each station will be focused on one of 14 statues contributed from 10 different cities across Spain. The statues normally are seen only during Holy Week.


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