The public transit system operators have scheduled interruptions today at the peak time of the Pope's arrival. So that will add a touch of the unexpected to a marvellous experience that has the city of Madrid humming with joy.
Here is Cardinal Antonio Maria Ruoco Valera's welcoming homily from Tuesday that launched this year's World Youth Day. Unfortunately, the text is not yet a available in French.
[J'usque maintenant le texte n'est pas disponible en francais.]
|Msgr Greg Smith and Vancouver delegates|
Tonight I beg for the young people
Who came to
They are the guards of tomorrow,
They are the living hope of the Church and of the Pope. Holy Mary, the Mother of the young people,
Please intercede so that they are witnesses of Risen Christ,
Humble and brave disciples of the Third Millennium, Generous heralds of the Gospel.
Holy Mary, Immaculate Virgin,
Pray with us,
Pray for us”. Amen.
Blessed John Paul II pray for us, pray for all young people of the WYD 2011 so that they open their hearts wide to the saving grace of Christ, the only Redeemer of human kind, these extraordinary days of the Holy Spirit during which we want to “count the wonders of the Lord to the nations”!