The Pope returns for a third time

Pope Benedict XVI, now 83, came to Valencia in 2006, a year after he was elected Pontiff. He returned last November for a two-day visit that included a stop in Barcelona to consecrate the famed Sagrada Familia basilica.
.The six-day festivities, from 16-21st August, will attract tens of thousands of pilgrims from around the world, with many coming to see the Pope.
He will arrive in Madrid on the evening of 18th August and will lead youngsters from 15 nations on a “Way of the Cross” procession the following day through the streets of the Spanish capital.
The 83-year-old pope will wrap up his visit on the 21st, with a two-hour mass at an airfield just outside Madrid, expected to draw some two million pilgrims.
The last World Youth Day festival took place in Sydney in 2008, and it is understood that the Pope believes the once-staunch Roman Catholic country is now a battleground for the future of the faith in Europe.
No previous Pontiff has ever been to Spain so many times and, during his previous two visits, the head of the Roman Catholic Church railed against social reforms introduced by socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. These included same-sex marriage and easier access to abortion.

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