Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela preaching before an estimated half million pilgrims in Madrid’s Plaza de Cibeles, celebrated the opening Mass of World Youth Day.Spain. August 16th, 2011.
World Youth Day (WYD) is a religious and cultural event which takes place every three years.
Cardinal Rouco said World Youth Day is inseparable from Blessed John Paul II, "the pope of the young," whose memory they celebrated with the Mass.
This tradition has continued with Pope Benedict XVI.