|OSV Newsweekly intern |
WYD has truly taken over Madrid. My day started out a bit odd, as the bus I took into the city got pulled over by the police. A policeman got on board and made the driver go outside. I was a little scared but none of the Spaniards seemed concerned so I relaxed a little. Luckily, It turned out to be just a routine stop.
I saw pilgrims from so many countries that I lost count: Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Nigeria, Mexico, Spain of course and many more! It was amazing to see people of so many nations and ethnicities brought together by their unifying trait of being Catholic.
Opening Mass was beautiful, especially the live music played before, during and after. There were pilgrims literally as far as the eye could see, many waving their national flags.
|Flags from around the world fly over the crowd before Mass.|
I could only understand some of the Mass, as it was in Spanish and the microphones weren't that loud over the video screens. However, one part that I did understand really struck me. The archbishop of Madrid, the main celebrant, said that all the young people in attendance represented hope for the Church in particular and also for the entire world. Looking at all the energetic pilgrims around me from so many nations, I wholeheartedly agreed with that statement.
Adios from Spain,
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