Send articlePope tells 1.5m young Catholics to witness boldly to their faith
Pope Benedict XVI has concluded World Youth Day (WYD) in Spain’s capital by encouraging more than 1.5 million youngsters to be uncompromising witnesses of their Catholic faith to a world marked by secularism and relativism. “I ask you to spread throughout the world the profound and joyful experience of faith you have had here in this noble country,” the Pope said in a farewell speech on Sunday at the Madrid-Barajas international airport. “Help your friends discover that loving Christ means living life to the full,” he said after a four-day visit that began on 18 August. He said the time in Spain had been filled with enthusiasm and grace, and announced his intention to be in Rio de Janeiro in 2013 for the next World Youth Day.