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Entrepreneurs of WYD Madrid 2011 offer the pope unconditional support

The Foundation was started with the goal of addressing moral causes of the economic crisis by promoting a society not only based on consumption.

Benedict XVI asked them to continue collaborating in the World Youth Day because it is not just about a multitudinous gathering but also a “privileged” occasion in which youths from all over the world “allow themselves to be conquered by the love of Jesus.”

Benedict XVI

"There are many youths who have their eyes on this beautiful city, with the joy of finding it in a few months to listen together to the Word of God, forever young, and to share the faith that unites them and the desire they have to build a better world, inspired by Gospel values.”The Foundation, through the president of the Spanish bishops, Cardinal Rouco Varela, thanked the pope for his closeness and enthusiasm and he told him that he can trust in them in an “unconditional” way.

Baldomero Falcones

President, FCC

“I believe that the message from the pope has been very clear: one, the importance of youth and the hope that youth wait with for World Youth Day; and two, since Madrid is a host city and that it is also going to make all available.”

Rita Rodríguez


“The Madrid Vivo Foundation is making a serious effort and in a professional way by hosting the pope in Madrid,Spain, and for that reason we have organized this visit with the participation of several Spanish businesses.”

Juan Miguel Villar Mir

President, OHL

“I think it?s an important opportunity for us to have sponsors who contribute money, in cash or goods and services, for the implementation and success of the event. And I really believe that this contribution gives us lots of satisfaction because I believe we contribute in some way to make the world better.”

Registration for World Youth day is now open and the pope was the first to sign up. Currently some 600,000 youths have announced their intentions to register. The numbers vary according to the country they come from and this year visitors can also donate money to a Solidarity Fund for pilgrims from poor countries.