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World Youth Day 2011: Full Schedule of Events

11 Jul 2011

World Youth Day 2011 will take place in Madrid, Spain from 16-21 August. Traditionally, the WYD week includes an opening Mass, catechesis talks, youth festival cultural events, an official welcome for the Holy Father, a re-enactment of the Way of the Cross, an overnight Vigil, and the closing Mass, where the city hosting the next World Youth Day is announced. Here is the full schedule of events for WYD2011 in Madrid!

Pilgrim Schedule for August 16- 21, 2011

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

8:00 am Arrival at Madrid From the early morning, the pilgrims and groups registered in WYD will be able to collect their accreditation and backpacks in the places indicated by the organization.
8:00 pm WYD Opening Mass World Youth Day begins at 8 pm (provisional time) with a Mass in Madrid´s Cibeles Square, presided over by the archbishop of Madrid and concelebrated by the bishops and priests participating in WYD.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

10:00 am Catechesis sessions WYD participants, organized by language groups, will have catechesis session with bishops from all over the world. The sessions will take place in churches, schools, auditoriums and sports centers of Madrid.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

10:00 am Catechesis sessions WYD participants, organized by language groups, will have catechesis session with bishops from all over the world. The sessions will take place in churches, schools, auditoriums and sports centers of Madrid.
12:00 pm The Pope arrives at the Barajas Airport Welcome Ceremony at the State Hall
12:40 pm The Pope enters the city of Madrid Drive through the streets of the city in Popemobile to reach the Nunciature. 7:30 pm Papal Welcome Ceremony with youth at Cibeles In Plaza de la Independencia, Benedict XVI will pass through the Puerta de Alcalá with youth from all the continents. After this event, he will ride in Popemobile to Plaza de Cibeles.

Friday, 19 August 2011

10:00 am Catechesis sessions WYD participants, organized by language groups, will have catechesis session with bishops from all over the world. The sessions will take place in churches, schools, auditoriums and sports centers of Madrid.
11:30 am Papal Meeting at the Monastery of El Escorial
Meeting with young religious sisters in “Patio de los Reyes”. (Required special accreditation).
12:00 am Papal Meeting at the Monastery of El Escorial
Meeting with 1,000 young college professors in the Basilica. (Required special accreditation).
7:30 pm Vía crucis Statues from traditional Spanish Holy Week celebrations will be used to illustrate each station of the cross. The statues come from all over Spain.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

10:00 am Mass for seminarians in the Cathedral of “La Almudena”
4:00 pm Preparatory ceremony in Cuatro Vientos Young people will arrive little by little at the aerodrome and take their places. Meanwhile, different activities will take place on the stage (testimonies of young people, musical interpretations, prayers to the Virgin, etc.), to prepare for the Vigil.
7:40 pm Pope visits the “Fundación Instituto San José” A center for the sick run by the Hospitaller Order of St John of God 8:30 pm Vigil with the Pope The Pope will arrive at the Cuatro Vientos aerodrome, and Eucharistic adoration will begin. An address is planned by the Holy Father. 11:00 pm Night in Cuatro Vientos WYD participants will spend the night in the Cuatro Vientos aerodrome. For those who so wish, there will be several tents where they will be able to adore the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

9:00 am The Pope arrives in Cuatro Vientos
9:30 am WYD Final Mass The Pope will concelebrate Mass with thousands of bishops and priests, and he will address young people and those who are not so young, to send them out to the world to witness to their faith, as the Lord did with his Apostles. At the end of the conclusive Mass, the Holy Father will announce the place where the next edition of World Youth Day will be held.
5:30 pm Encounter with Volunteers Pope Benedict XVI will have a brief meeting with the World Youth Day volunteers at the IFEMA Fairgrounds.
6:30 pm Papal Farewell There will be a brief Farewell Ceremony at the Barajas Airport.

Click here for the Holy Father’s schedule for WYD2011.