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The program "Days in the Dioceses" (DID) will take place in the days leading up to World Youth Day. From August 11-15, 2011, many dioceses from Spain will offer programs to youth who are coming to participate in the WYD as an introduction to the events leading up to the World Youth Day.

The programs will vary from dioceses to dioceses and they will include cultural activities, historical lessons and moments of "fiesta", as well as a time for prayer and liturgical celebrations in the holy places and sanctuaries that form part of the religious identity of the particular place.

The DID began in 1997, when the WYD was held in Paris. The church in France decided to promote these meetings as a way to facilitate the pastoral activities among the youth in the dioceses of France. As a consequence, all of France welcomed the pilgrims coming from countries from around the world, in order to inspire the French youth to attend the WYD.

The Spanish dioceses will also open their doors to the pilgrims of WYD. The youth that want to participate will be able to learn about the richness of the Spanish culture as well as the rich Catholic tradition, of which the roots can be traced back to the apostles Paul and James. These two apostles came to evangelize in our country, probably when the Lord sent them out to the ends of the earth to preach the Gospel.

Spain is a nation of martyrs, saints and missionaries, that has given the Church figures such as St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Teresa of Jesus, St. John of the Cross and most recently, St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, etc. Whoever participates in the DID will be able to know in depth the history and culture of Spain, have days of communion with Spanish youth and also, spread the Good News of the love of Christ in our land.

The DID will conclude with mass on August 15th, the feast day of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, in which the diocesan bishop will send the youth to Madrid to join the activities of the WYD.

The objectives of the program DID are very similar to the WYD.

1. A personal meeting with Christ that changes lives and fills them with joy, especially in the sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation. 
2. A dynamic experience of the universality of the Catholic Church in communion with the spiritual fatherhood of the Holy Father. 
3. A rediscovering of the vocation to holiness given at baptism, as we are called to be active members of the Church, and responsible for the new Evangelization in the contemporary world.

Along with these objectives, the program of the activities will include distinct types of activities that promote:

Prayer: the youth will have an opportunity to participate in the Eucharist as well as time dedicated to personal prayer.

Solidarity: they will practice generosity and social responsibility, dedicating a few hours to help the Church in her outreach to the poor, also in contributing to helping solve the social problems in the differing places along with the local authorities.

Culture: the youth will learn about the many manifestations of Christian roots found in the Spanish Culture ("Faith creates culture", in the words of John Paul II) and also they will have a profound awareness of how previous generations used art as a means of evangelization.

And certainly, the youth will organize historical, sportive, musical, artistic and culinary activities as well. (taken from WYD website)