World Youth Day - Spain - 2011

spain - 2011 Sr. Philomena Maria and Sr. Melissa at el Escorial with Pope Benedict XVI in the background giving a talk to young religious.

spain - 2011 Over 1 million youth crowded in the streets waiting for the opening Mass to begin

spain - 2011 Hundreds of priests concelebrating the opening Mass of World Youth Day with Archbishop of Madrid, Rev. Antonio Marķa Rouco Varela

spain - 2011 The Children of Mary Sisters with the Fransiscan Sisters Minor

spain - 2011 Holy Father, we want to be ambassadors of hope to all! (Billboard for WYD in the metros of Madrid)

spain - 2011 Bishop Rey giving words of encouragement to youth

spain - 2011 Moved by beauty - an exhibit in the park displaying the beauty of Catholic Churches around the world

spain - 2011 Feast of Mercy - hundreds of confessionals in the park with priests to administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation

spain - 2011 The Adoration Chapel set up by the Missionaries of Charity inside the Parque de Retiro

spain - 2011 Inside the Adoration Chapel - Jesus enthroned in the monstrance with the words "I Thirst" behind Him

spain - 2011 Our Holy Father arrives at Puerta de Alcala

spain - 2011 With millions of people all in one place - the Sisters got stuck in many crowds!

spain - 2011 Hundreds of Sisters lined up waiting to get on the train after hearing the Holy Father speak

spain - 2011 Stations of the Cross lead by Pope Benedict XVI - different groups of youth carried the cross from station to station

spain - 2011 The Sisters in front of the Church of St. Teresa in Avila

spain - 2011 Our Sorrowing Mother inside the Church of St. John of the Cross in Avila

spain - 2011 Sr. Melissa and Sr. Philomena Maria pilgrimage to the Aerodrome for the closing prayer vigil and closing Mass with Pope Benedict XVI . . . a four hour journey on foot!

spain - 2011 The Aerodrome - where 2 million youth came to worship and camp out overnight

spain - 2011 Inside the Aerodrome

spain - 2011 On the night of the prayer vigil the pilgrims where stuck in a thunder and lightning storm which destroyed some of the Adoration Chapels (consecrated Hosts were relocated for protection). The sisters were prepared with ponchos!

spain - 2011 Eucharistic Adoration at the prayer vigil with our Holy Father

spain - 2011 Waking up in the Aerodrome with a beautiful sunrise!

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