MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 20: Thousands of pilgrims arrive at Cuatro Vientos Airport to attend a Vigil during the World Youth Day 2011 on August 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.
The winds have died down, the rain has stopped and the pope is thanking the pilgrims for their joy and patience. He is now resuming his address.
I just got back from the vigil. Most of the youth are still camped out there. There might be a little more rain tonight, but I don´t think it´s going to be as bad.
It was an incredible experience. Some of the older people left when it started to rain (and it was quite a storm, very windy and cold) but most people stayed put and began to sing or shout ¨vivas¨ for the Pope, whose assistants had him covered up with umbrellas. I was soaked but I only worried about the wind, but it stopped as suddenly as it had started. And the air in Spain is very dry, so as soon as it stopped raining, we all dried off fairly quickly.
After a bit of checking to make sure the stage was ok, they resumed. When he left, the Pope told the young people he was very proud of them for their courage. This drew a lot of cheers!