A mass is being held for young Catholics in Christchurch who had to overcome a number of obstacles following the February earthquake to participate in the World Youth Day in Spain.
The mass is being held on Saturday night for 70 pilgrims at St Gelgory's Church, who will be part of a New Zealand contingent of 200.
An expected 2 million young Catholics are heading to Madrid to join the Pope for World Youth Day.
Sister Helen O'Sullivan says the young people have been determined to take part in the event despite of all the difficulties they faced.
She says it's phenomenal that they have struggled on and raised the money needed.