Fatima, Portugal — Young Mainers attending this week’s World Youth Day in Spain had a scheduled first stop in Fatima, Portugal. Events in Fatima included Mass and a candlelight procession along with the blessing of the sick.

Forty-one young Mainers and Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Portland are joining thousands at World Youth Day from today through Sunday. More than 29,000 pilgrims from the United States are registered to attend the event in Madrid. The Maine youths are accompanied by 27 chaperones.

Youth Day events will consist of Catholic teaching, cultural events and religious ritual. The closing Mass with Pope Benedict XVI will be celebrated on Sunday with an expected 2 million pilgrims.