MADRID – Pope Benedict XVI on Friday urged young people to be compassionate with suffering, on the second day of a visit to Spain where he again drew hundreds of thousands of people.

“Go in search of those less fortunate,” the pope said at Madrid’s Cibeles square after young people from all over the world had walked the Way of the Cross.

Passages from the Bible were read out loud, and a large wooden cross was carried through the 14 stations of the Way of the Cross, which were marked with valuable artworks brought from Spanish churches.

Following the example of Christ, “God expects you to give your very best: your capacity for love and compassion,” Benedict said in his address.