Passion, art, and popular piety have had their place at World Youth Day (WYD).The setting for the act was the 700 meters that lie between Plaza de Cibeles and Plaza de Colón (Madrid), which was lined with 15 sculpture sets from the Spanish Holy Week tradition that made up the “Via Crucis” of WYD. Benedict XVI has presided this ceremony on August 19th.
The 15 Stations of the Cross are from 12 different cities and depict the various points in the Passion and Death of Christ. This event has been a unique example of how the Passion of Christ is lived in the host country. In most Spanish cities, Holy Week is lived in a very special way. Confraternities and religious organizations, with the goal of spreading devotion, have sculptures - the oldest dating back to the sixteenth century – that they carry in procession through the streets as a living reminder of the different moments of the Lord's Passion. Each of these 15 sculpture sets has depicted a Station of the Cross.
Christ of the Good Death Statue (Malaga) carried in Madrid 18th August.
The Pope and the Throne of Mena