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World Youth Day

The 2011 World Youth Day will take place in Madrid from the 16th to the 21st of August, 2011.

World Youth Day (WYD) is an international event organized by the Catholic Church, uniting young people from all over the World who are Catholic, as well as other denominations of faith. The event is presided by the Holy Father and it occurs every two or three years.

WYD began in 1984, on Palm Sunday. Pope John Paul II asked youth from all over the world to come to Rome to celebrate the Year of Redemption. They responded with great enthusiasm, surprising all expectations. In 1985, the Pope wrote a letter to all the youth of the world and later that year he officially initiate the World Youth Day.

This Day is an incentive for young people of the Church to share and celebrate their faith, while meditating on the message the Pope chooses for each meeting. The theme chosen is from St. Paul: “Rooted and built up in Christ; strengthened in the faith.”

This will be the second time this international event will be held in Spain, the first being celebrated in 1989 in Santiago de Compostela.

Magis Ireland

Magis Ireland have a very useful section on their website on World Youth Day. Click here to access their FAQ's regarding the MAGiS-World Youth Day event.

Other Useful Websites

http://www.worldyouthday.com/

http://www.madridwyd2011.com/