Friday, May 13, 2011

Fiesta in Madrid: Preparations heating up for World Youth Day

From Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With fewer than 100 days to go, preparations for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid are heating up and organizers are promising a "fiesta," adding a Spanish flavor to the traditional opportunities for prayer, friendship, music and religious education.

As of May 7, organizers reported 347,965 youths had registered for the Aug. 16 to 21 event, which Pope Benedict XVI will attend. The figure included 22,488 young people from the United States and 5,439 from Canada. The Italians — always a big contingent at World Youth Day — were leading the pack with 65,196 registrants, outpacing even the Spaniards by more than 10,000.

While registering has benefits — including priority seating at papal events — young people seem to know they won't be turned away, and so an earlier estimate of 1.5 million participants seems to be right on track.

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