At the closing Mass of the last WYD, held in Sydney, Australia, in 2008, pilgrims from Spain proudly presented their country as the host of the 2011 WYD. From August 16-21, teen and young adult pilgrims from all over the world will gather in Madrid to celebrate their faith.


The week of Catechesis sessions, Mass and fun happenings will take place under the theme, “Rooted and Built Up in Christ, established in Faith.”

World Youth Day – 2011 Calendar
(Calendar schedule subject to Vatican confirmation)


- Opening Mass and Youth Festival: August 16th

- Catechetical Sessions and Youth Festival: August 17 to 19

- Via Crucis August 19

- Vigil with the Pope/Overnight in the Cuatro Vientos Aerodome August 20

- WYD Mass of Sending with Pope Benedict XVI August 21