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Remembering World Youth Day 2011: Madrid
Pope ends World Youth Day trip with many words of thanks
Pope Benedict XVI said he was leaving Madrid filled with gratitude to the Spanish people, the World Youth Day organizers and volunteers and the million-plus pilgrims who prayed with him.
A pilgrim smiles even as rain falls during the World Youth Day prayer vigil with Pope Benedict XVI at Cuatro Vientos airfield in Madrid Aug. 20. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Driving rain, wind don't dampen spirits during World Youth Day vigil
Hours after firefighters doused overheated pilgrims with much-needed jets of water, the heavens added to their efforts by driving rain and wind onto the more than 1 million young Catholics camping at Cuatro Vientos airbase for the World Youth Day vigil.
A Brazilian pilgrim cheers the announcement that the next World Youth Day will be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2013. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Pope tells young to build on their faith, share it with the world
In his homily at the closing Mass of World Youth Day, Pope Benedict said faith is not about understanding a bunch of facts, "it is an ability to grasp the mystery of Christ's person in all its depth."
At Mass with seminarians, pope says he'll proclaim new doctor of church
Telling seminarians they must prepare seriously for the priesthood by devoting themselves to becoming saints, Pope Benedict XVI gave them a role model: St. John of Avila, who will become the Catholic Church's 34th doctor of the church.
Young people carry the World Youth Day cross during the Way of the Cross led by Pope Benedict XVI in Madrid Aug. 19. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Mood changes as pope, young people reflect on suffering in Way of Cross
The mood at World Youth Day changed dramatically late Aug. 19 as Pope Benedict XVI and hundreds of thousands of young people turned their thoughts to suffering.
Pope Benedict XVI pretends to play a piano made out of cake after meeting young people for lunch in Madrid Aug. 19. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
Eating with pope is a permanent memory; the menu, not so much
Lunch with Pope Benedict XVI was an unforgettable experience for 12 young people at World Youth Day. Just don't ask them what they ate.
Pope offers challenges to young professors, young religious
Pope Benedict XVI's meetings with young religious women and young university professors, held in the same complex, had very different tones.
Pope Benedict XVI walks onstage as he arrives for the World Youth Day welcoming ceremony in central Madrid Aug. 18. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Youths welcome pope to WYD; he asks them to think about faith
Formally welcomed to World Youth Day by a boisterous, flag-waving throng of hundreds of thousands of young people from around the world, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged their enthusiasm but also urged them to be strong, solid and think about their faith.
Denver archbishop urges youths to live faith boldly, publicly
A panel of prominent Catholics, led by Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, urged thousands of World Youth Day pilgrims to live out their faith boldly in the public square.
Youths from Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, wear matching T-shirts at the opening service of the U.S. bishops' vocation fair during World Youth Day in Madrid Aug. 17. (CNS/Paul Haring)
World Youth Day vocations fair helps young people put God first
The fair began with exposition of the Eucharist and prayer with Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley. Activities unfolded throughout the day and included a concert as well as opportunities for young people to mingle with religious women and men.
On plane to Madrid, pope says WYD refreshes, strengthens the young
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT -- Pope Benedict XVI described the World Youth Day celebrations as a "waterfall of light" that refreshes, nourishes and strengthens young Catholics and, therefore, can bring hope to the world.
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan greets World Youth Day pilgrims from New York Aug. 17 in Madrid. (CNS/Paul Haring)
N.Y. archbishop speaks to young adults
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. bishops' conference, spoke Wednesday at one of the catechesis sessions that are an integral part of World Youth Day.
Video: World Youth Day opens
Scenes from Tuesday evening's official opening of World Youth Day in Madrid.
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Members of the World Youth Day delegation from Cuba pose for a photo in Toledo, Spain, before heading to Madrid for the main events of the Aug. 16-21 international youth gathering. (CNS/Tom Tracy)
For Cubans, Spanish hospitality and a sense of the universal church
Cuban delegation members - including several nuns, priests and married couples - participated in Days in the Diocese, an immersion experience that precedes World Youth Day.
Pilgrims fill Madrid's Plaza de Cibeles for the opening Mass of World Youth Day. The Aug. 16 Mass was dedicated to Blessed John Paul II, who hosted the first such international gathering of Catholic youths in Argentina in 1987. (CNS/Paul Haring)
At opening Mass, WYD pilgrims begin 'days you will never forget'
A cloudless blue sky turned to inky night as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims participated in the opening Mass for World Youth Day, celebrated by Madrid Cardinal Antonio Rouco Varela in the Plaza de Cibeles.
More World Youth Day headlines:
- Video: It's hot in Madrid!
- California pilgrims discover Spanish culture in Toledo cathedral
- Photo gallery: Getting ready for World Youth Day
- From around the world, pilgrims arrive in Madrid, tired but excited
- WYD and vocations: Young want to be heard, invited, challenged
- Some may protest, but young will welcome pope in Spain, spokesman says
- U.S. guides get to know Madrid before onslaught of young pilgrims
- WYD pilgrims' task: Help pope revive faith in Spain
- Pope to get manga comic treatment in time for World Youth Day
- PHOTOS: Excitement builds at papal summer residence
- Knights, Sisters of Life host WYD center for English speakers
- Pope Benedict's WYD: Space made for silence, solemnity
- World Youth Day registration high; many want to volunteer
- In Spain, pope to hold nine major meetings with young people
- WYD organizers: Preparations are on track, minor problems need to be solved
- More than 60 US bishops expected to join World Youth Day pilgrims
- Musical about Blessed Pope John Paul II kicks off in Spanish dioceses
- Fiesta in Madrid: Preparations heating up for World Youth Day
- Don't abandon God because of evil in church, pope asks youths
- WYD organizers expect more than 1 million in Madrid
- World Youth Day in Madrid announces pope's August schedule
- Pope John Paul II named patron of World Youth Day
- WYD organizers preparing for Madrid 2011 with Facebook, YouTube
- Organizers hope World Youth Day helps youths experience joy of faith
- Decision to follow Christ requires support from others, pope says
- Pope becomes first person to register for 2011 World Youth Day
- Backgrounder: Pope Benedict places young people at the center of his concerns
Remembering World Youth Day 2008: Sydney
For secular Australia, World Youth Day was wake-up call
In what is often seen as one of the most intensely secular nations in the world, Australia received a wake-up call: the faith of the church on public display over the weeklong celebrations of World Youth Day.
More stories from Sydney:
- Pope celebrates private Mass with Australian clergy sex abuse victims
- Pope leaves Australia after thanking WYD volunteers
- Pope tells young people power of Holy Spirit can transform world
- In 'Great South Land,' pilgrims pray, play and sleep under stars
- Pope apologizes to Australians for 'betrayal' of clergy sex abuse
- Set amid Sydney landmarks, stations attract hundreds of thousands
- Youths join pope for lunch, present gifts, including Mickey Mouse hat
- Aborigines play prominent role in pope's welcome to Australia
- At rehab center, pope calls recovering addicts 'ambassadors of hope'
- Religious differences can't stop dialogue, pope tells Australians
- Pope says Blessed Mary MacKillop is source of inspiration for all
- Pope urges young people to respect life by safeguarding all creation
- For some, absence of Iraqis dampens joy of welcoming pope to WYD
- In txts, BXVI urges WYD pilgrims to proclaim Christ & his luv
- Pope formally welcomed to Australia with 21-gun salute, military band
- World Youth Day kicks off in Sydney with Mass, dancing, testimonies
- In a sea of World Youth Day pilgrims, dozens from mainland China
- WYD pilgrims learn about simple life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
- WYD pilgrims sample Aussie life during Days in Diocese outside Sydney
On our blog ...
Notes on papal meeting with special nun; behind the scenes at the vigil
Madrid 11 comes to a close, but Rio 13 on the horizon
Cuatro Vientos: a sea of devout Catholics
Pope hears confessions in the park at WYD
Pope to declare St. John of Avila a doctor of the church
One word to describe day in Madrid: chaotic
Buen Retiro park: an oasis at World Youth Day
Sweet sounds of sisters singing
Music I’m listening to at WYD
A lesson from Pope Benedict, dinner with the U.S. bishops
Inspiration in Madrid — Tony Melendez and Pope Benedict
Seeing the pope ‘takes my breath away’
Don’t Stop Believin’: Serenades on Madrid’s Metro
High-fives and aching feet: Excitement builds
Pilgrims will be in awe of pope today
High-fives and aching feet: Excitement builds
A day for cultural and liturgical festivities in Madrid
Art and adventures in a Spanish grocery store
Busy streets in Madrid, and the opening Mass
Parents of seven living the World Youth Day experience
‘Off my game’ in Madrid, keep the prayers coming
Arrival in Madrid, and what’s inside the backpack
Experiencing the church as a worldwide family
Packing ‘light’ for World Youth Day
Humility for WYD pilgrims at Lourdes
WYD: Patiently waiting for what God has in store
Restlessness and excitement
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