Papal Itinerary Branches Out During Youth Day Trip

University Professors on List of Pope’s Audiences

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MADRID, FEB. 10, 2011 ( When Benedict XVI is in Madrid this August for World Youth Day, he will be meeting with various groups in addition to the young people. 

World Youth Day organizers released the provisional schedule for the Aug. 16-21 gathering, which includes papal events for the second half: The Pope will be in Spain from Aug. 18-21.

As is typical for the 83-year-old Pontiff, his days will be packed with activities. In addition to the main events for World Youth Day, he will meet with college professors, the disabled, seminarians, religious sisters and volunteers.

WYD organizers noted that the gathering with university professors is unique for a youth day.

Carla Díez de Rivera, director of the WYD Cultural Department, reflected: “This encounter shows the Pope’s special esteem for the world of higher learning and culture, as has been seen in similar encounters held in Germany, France and England.”

Just prior to the Saturday vigil with the youth, the Holy Father will visit the Fundación Instituto San José, a center run by the Brothers of St. John of God to treat people with mental and physical disabilities. He will address a group of WYD participants with disabilities as well as residents of the center.

Benedict XVI will also meet with the seminarians who will participate in World Youth Day and will celebrate a Mass for them in the Cathedral of La Almudena.

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