sabato 16 luglio 2011

Newsbriefs: World Youth Day in Madrid

The 26th world youth Day will be celebrated from August 16 – 21 in Madrid. As of June, already 400,000 youth have signed up for the event.
“Each World Youth Day is an extraordinary experience for a Church which is friend to young people, which shares their problems,” said Cardinal Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. “It is an experience of Universal Church, a manifestation of the faith which has planetary dimensions.”
At each World Youth Day, the Church’s proposals to young people continually evolve as they respond to the true spiritual needs of today’s youth.
“The Pope’s presence is the culminating moment of any World Youth Day,” Rylko noted, and the event in Madrid “will take place in the light of the recent beatification of John Paul II, founder of World Youth Days.”
WYD by the numbers
700,000 participants expected
30 language translations
24,000 volunteers from different countries
250 sites assigned for catechesis
14,000 priests
744 bishops
68 Spanish dioceses will welcome young pilgrims before the event
Similar events in other countries will be connected via TV or Internet.

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