August 12, 2011. (Romereports.com)
World Youth Day hasn't
started yet, but about 130,000 youths from 137 countries are already
in Spain. It's a way for them to prepare for the big event. It's called “Days in the
Dioceses.” Basically, 65 Spanish dioceses welcome these youths to
prepare them before World Youth Day kicks off.
The plan includes cultural
and historic tours, as well as time for fun and of course for prayer.
During the "Days in
the Dioceses" pilgrims are offered free accommodation in
schools, parishes sport centers and private homes.
The program is completely
free for young people who come from countries with economic
The program began in 1997
when World Youth Day was celebrated in Paris. The experience was so
positive, it was adopted in the following World Youth Days: Italy,
Canada, Germany and Australia.