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World Youth Day Organisers meet in Rome

Youth ministry leaders from all over the world are currently meeting in Ciampino near Rome for the first preparatory meeting for the next international World Youth Day to be held in Krakow, Poland in July 2016. The meeting, on the invitation of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, will also make an evaluation of last year’s World Youth Day held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The conference began on Thursday (10 April) with an introductory greeting by Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Also on Thursday, Cardinal Orani João Tempesta, Archbishop of Rio, and members of the Rio Local Organising Committee (COL) made an assessment of the 2013 encounter.
Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow, was scheduled to speak about the significance of WYD for the diocese that will host the event in Poland from 26 to 31 July 2016.
On Saturday, Bishop Josef Clemens, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, will speak about the Church's commitment to the young from John Paul II to Pope Francis. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the expectations of young people.
Over 200 delegates are attending the meeting, including the organising committees of both Rio de Janeiro 2013 and Krakow 2016.
The delegates will attend Palm Sunday Mass on 13 April presided over by Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Square and the Rome diocesan celebration of the 29th World Youth Day. The Meeting will conclude at the San Lorenzo International Youth Centre on the same day.
(Source: Pontifical Council for the Laity)


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