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Young people carry the World Youth Day cross during the Via Crucis in Plaza de Cibeles (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Hundreds of thousands meditate on Christ’s Passion in Madrid

Benedict XVI blesses Deacon James Bradley in the Plaza de Cibeles (Mazur/Catholicchurch.org.uk)

When the Holy Father blessed me, I saw his deep generosity and care for the Church

Benedict XVI blesses Deacon James Bradley before he sings the Gospel at Mass in Madrid yesterday (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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Pope Benedict XVI is cheered by the faithful as he arrives in Plaza de Cibeles (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Build your life on solid rock, Pope urges young people

Pilgrims fill Madrid's Plaza de Cibeles for the opening Mass of World Youth Day (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Catholics young and old dance in the streets ahead of the Pope’s arrival

Young pilgrims at the opening Mass of World Youth Day in Madrid's Plaza de Cibeles
(Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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