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Pope's plan for World Youth Day: a message of confidence

August 12, 2011

During his visit to Madrid for World Youth Day next week, Pope Benedict XVI will bring an extremely positive and challenging message for all young people in the world,” his spokesman told reporters during a briefing on August 12.

The Pope recognizes that young people are dealing with “fluidity and uncertainty,” and will try to provide them with reassurance and hope, Father Federico Lombardi told the journalists who will accompany the Pontiff on his trip. The Pope is due to arrive in Madrid on August 18.

Father Lombardi brushed aside concerns about demonstrations in Spain on the eve of the Pope’s visit. “It doesn’t seem to me that we should be surprised or worried by this; it is part of the life of a democratic country,” he said. He emphasized that many more Spaniards will be delighted to welcome the Pope.


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