WYD Madrid 2011 includes a "Festival of Forgiveness" for confessions
Bishop Cesar Franco
General Coordinator, WYD Madrid 2011 ;
“We want to show that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a joyous occasion, a beautiful thing that we will celebrate in the great park of El Retiro, in an area where the priests will be in confessional booths made ?ad hoc? for the event and where youth can receive forgiveness and the mercy of Christ.”
The Circus Maximus in Rome also hosted a similar event during World Youth Day 2000, in which more than 300 priests listened to the confessions from hundreds of thousands of young people.