Media training days were held in Liverpool and London to prepare young British pilgrims for World Youth Day in Madrid

Hot on the heels of Pope Benedict XVI’s recent papal visit to Croatia, two media training days have just taken place in Liverpool and London to prepare young British pilgrims for the papal visit to Madrid for World Youth Day this August.

The World Youth Day communications officers training programme is designed to equip young media pilgrims with the tools and the confidence to go out and generate joyful content around the Pope’s visit to Madrid.

World Youth Day is known for galvanising the biggest mobilisation of young people across the world and the largest festival that Europe will see this summer.

It is estimated that two million young people will descend on Spain’s capital to see Pope Benedict XVI and 3,200 of those will be coming from Britain.

The idea behind the communications officers’ programme was to let as many people as possible know about the event using all the creative media tools available.

Sixty young people from 18 different dioceses, as well as new movements and organisations, have been trained for this very important role within the Church, building on the 60 already trained for the papal visit and World Youth Day, Sydney, in 2008.

World Youth Day was first initiated by Blessed John Paul II in 1985.