Benedict XVI celebrates the Eucharist, "the victory of love over hatred and over death" and appeals to youth to "adore" Christ and to take him to the world. Sunday, "a feast of God for us" is a source of pardon and of service to suffering and elderly people.
More than a million people, 9,000 priests and 800 bishops attend the closing mass of WYD. It is a celebration of the universality of the Church. The Mass collection will go to the Holy Land and victims of the Tsunami.
Meeting representatives of Islamic communities, Benedict XVI urges "elimination from hearts of any trace of rancour" and opposition to all forms of violence. A strong appeal is made to hope and not to give in to apathy and disengagement.
Benedict XVI invites all the Church to prepare for World Youth Day. He also joins in the sorrow of victims of the airline disaster in Capo Gallo and their families.