Closing Mass

2:45 AM ET (Live) & 8 PM ET (Encore)

The Holy Father will arrival at Cuatro Vientos in the Popemobile and tour of the area before celebrating the Closing Mass of WYD.


Farewell Ceremony at Madrid-Barajas International Airport

Your Majesties,
Distinguished National, Autonomous Regional and Local Authorities,
Your Eminence the Archbishop of Madrid and President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference,
Your Eminences and Dear Brother Bishops,
Dear Friends,

The time has come for us to say good-bye. These days spent in Madrid, in the company of so many young people from Spain and from throughout the world, will remain deeply etched in my mind and heart.

Your Majesty, the Pope felt at home in Spain! And the young people who were the heart of this World Youth Day found a warm welcome here and in the many cities and towns of the country, which they were able to visit in the days before these celebrations.

I thank Your Majesty for your gracious words and for your presence at my arrival in Spain and now at my departure. I thank the national, autonomous regional and local authorities for the helpfulness and understanding which they showed before this international event. I also thank the thousands of volunteers who ensured the orderly unfolding of the many activities of this meeting: the various literary, musical, cultural and religious events of the Festival joven, the catecheses given by the Bishops and the main events in the presence of the Successor of Peter. I thank....


As the 2011 World Youth Day approaches, EWTN is proud to once again serve as the premier source for the most extensive coverage of the event.


Pope John Paul II left a legacy for the youth in World Youth Day, which Pope Benedict XVI has faithfully continued. Through the years, on-location broadcasts from EWTN hosts such as Jeff Cavins, Raymond Arroyo, Fr. Mark Mary and Deb Piroch have kept viewers up-to-date on the events and pageantry of WYD.


The event has brought millions of young people from all over the planet together in locations such as Paris, Manila, and Czestochowa, among others. And EWTN has been there to bring those who cannot experience WYD in person as close as possible to the event.


EWTN was there in 2000 when 2 million people made the pilgrimage to Rome to attend a WYD prayer vigil, and provided continuous coverage all the way through Pope John Paul II's closing mass at Tor Vergata. We were on location in Toronto in 2002, as hundreds of thousands of young people united to commit themselves to the cause of peace.


Viewers were given a front row seat to Pope Benedict XVI's first World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany in 2005 – where the Holy Father addressed representatives of the Muslim community. And we were on location in 2008 when He arrived by boat in Sydney, Australia, to greet more than half a million people in attendance, when He met with victims of sexual abuse.


Join us again this year as we bring you coverage of the 2011 WYD in Madrid, August 16-21.

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