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CatholicTV Covering World Youth Day in Madrid

8/10/2011 - 7:48 AM PST

Catholic PRWire

WATERTOWN, MA (August 10, 2011) - CatholicTV will air coverage of World Youth Day '11 from Madrid, Spain. Coverage of the events will be available on CatholicTV and Scheduling for the events may be found at

Pope Benedict will celebrate World Youth Day (WYD) with over 400,000 people August 16-21 in Madrid, Spain. WYD is the largest gathering of Catholic and other youth from around the world with the Holy Father; the international gathering is held every three years in a different location. Annually it celebrated on Palm Sunday. For WYD 2011 more than 400,000 have registered to participate; this number includes approximately 30,000 pilgrims from the United States.

In preparation for this unique world-wide event, CatholicTV has been airing "26 Years of World Youth Day" from Grassroots Films and from Rome Reports a "World Youth Day Special Report" chronicling the history of World Youth Day since it was established by Pope John Paul II in 1985.

Details of CatholicTV's coverage of the papal events:
Tuesday, Aug. 16 - 8 p.m.: Opening Mass
Wednesday, August 17 at noon rebroadcast of Opening Mass
Thursday, Aug. 18 - Noon: Arrival of Pope Benedict, 8 p.m. Welcoming ceremony
Friday, Aug. 19 - Noon: Papal meeting with religious women and professors, 8 p.m.: Way of the Cross
Saturday, Aug. 20 - Noon: Papal Mass, 8 p.m.: Vigil Mass
Sunday, Aug. 21 - Noon: Closing Mass rebroadcast at 8 p.m.

CatholicTV will post web exclusive videos from Madrid all week long as well as videos looking back at World Youth Days' past. Archived footage from previous World Youth Day programming may be viewed at

Joining the hundreds of thousands of people attending World Youth Day (WYD) August 16-21 in Madrid, Spain, will be Assumption College (Worcester, Mass.) President Francesco Cesareo, his family, as well as students, staff, and alumni. CatholicTV will have exclusive interviews with President Cesareo and others in the Assumption delegation.

For those who are unable to make the trip to Madrid, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is hosting a virtual pilgrimage on Facebook:

About CatholicTV:
Founded in 1955, the CatholicTV Network is a national broadcast television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, CatholicTV Network offers a wide range of programs aimed at children and adults, from uplifting advice shows to international news, game shows to travel, CatholicTV has something for everyone. Based in Watertown, MA outside of Boston, CatholicTV is available in 5.7 million homes nationwide. For access to CatholicTV programs, go to or download the CatholicTV mobile app for iPhone or iPad.
CatholicTV broadcasts across the US on Sky Angel, and selected cable outlets. To find out where to watch CatholicTV visit:


CatholicTV  MA, 02472 US
Bonnie Rodgers - Marketing and Programming,  617-923-0220


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