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Pope In Spain: Young People Need Hope

MADRID, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Pope Benedict XVI Friday brought a message of hope to Spanish youth in a World Youth Day address in Madrid, part of his four-day visit to Spain.

Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world and protesters waited for the pope, who stressed the need for hope for the next generation to keep the young from losing faith in times of crisis, EFE reported.

“Young people are looking to fulfill their legitimate aspirations in this complex and interdependent world,” the pope said.

The pope’s arrival was overshadowed by violent protests in Madrid late Wednesday, with police confronting demonstrators upset at the $71 million price tag for the pope’s visit despite assertions by organizations the costs had been covered by donations.

The pope was received at the airport by King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero for the third time since becoming pope in 2005.

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