July 13, 2010
U.S. Bishops Set Up Web Site to Facilitate
WASHINGTON—Registration to participate in World Youth Day (WYD) Madrid 2011 is
now open. Though the registration is done online with the WYD organization in
the Spanish capital, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has updated
its existing World Youth Day page (www.wydusa.org
) to allow access to the
registration process through its Web site. The site includes links to important
information regarding the event. Content will be progressively built up as
additional information becomes available.
Though entry to WYD main events
is free, participants have options regarding meals, accommodations and
transportation to Madrid. They also pay according to a fee scale according to
Sister Eileen McCann, CSJ, coordinator for Youth and Young
Adult Ministry at the USCCB encouraged early registration.
to the Vigil and Mass with the pope during the weekend, there are numerous
catechetical and other cultural activities throughout the week. Many groups also
stay at parishes, school gymnasiums, or with local families. Early registration
allows organizers to plan for accommodations, meals and participation in
activities accordingly,” she said.
WYD 2011 theme, which will be held
August 16-21 in Madrid, is “Planted and Built Up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the
Faith.” Organizers estimate that nearly 600,000 young people from countries
other than Spain, about 25,000 of them from the United States, will participate
in the events. Pope Benedict XVI officially opened the registration process on
July 1, by becoming the first to register for the event.
WYD is a
faith-filled encounter of young people from around the world with the pope to
pray, learn, celebrate and strengthen one another in faith.
information visit www.wydusa.org
Keywords: World Youth Day, Madrid 2011, Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI