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WYD - Canadian pilgrims unite

Kris Dmytrenko

August 17, 2011
While this year's World Youth Day is being hosted by Spain, Canadians held the distinction of holding the first official event. On Tuesday morning, a special national gathering was held at Palacio de Deportes, better known as the Love and Life Site.
The prayer service, organized by Salt + Light's Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, featured a homily by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa. Together with Archbishop Gérald Lacroix of Quebec City, the presiding Archbishop led a prayer of commissioning for pilgrims. About 22 bishops joined the 5000 young people present, who represented over 85% of registered pilgrims from Canada. Music was performed by the Maltese priest-musician Fr. Robert Galea.
Salt + Light will air the Prayer Service for Canadians today at 12:30pm ET (9:30am PT). The broadcast will be followed by the national gathering for Australian pilgrims and will conclude with a special concert from WYD. The Canadian national gathering is also streaming on WYD Central.
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Photo Credit: © Bill and Peggy Wittman