A large group of young people gathered before the World Youth Day Cross and icon of the Virgin Mary in Madrid this week at El Pozo train station to pray for victims of terrorism, specifically the 67 people who died there during the March 11, 2004 bombings.
The event was part of the preparations for WYD 2011, which will take place in Madrid. It was attended by numerous youth volunteers and disabled young people.
Victor Hernandez of the Archdiocese of Madrid's Health Care Ministry said, “We are all praying in the same way, regardless of our physical state. Occasions such as these show that values important to young people include not only strength and beauty, but also the capacity to give of oneself, solidarity and striving for the dignity of all the children of God.”
Prior to its trip to the train station, the WYD cross was taken to the Soto del Real prison, where it was received by inmates and by the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela.