22 July, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 06/28/2011
VATICAN
Even Facebook for 440 thousand already registered for World Youth Day in Madrid
Presented at the Vatican ahead of the next World Youth Day, August 16 to 21. Highest number of young people to ever register at this stage. Among the 24 thousand volunteers, there are 50 young people who "work" on social networks and, using 18 languages, have kept 160 thousand of their peers informed.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – There are already 440 thousand young people ("a figure never before reached at this stage given that most young people register at the last moment") from all continents who have registered to participate in World Youth Day to be held in Madrid, Spain, 16 to 21 August this year. To accompany them and welcome them 14 thousand priests, 744 bishops and 24 thousand volunteers. Among them, a sign that the times, following World Youth Day, there are 50 young people who "work" on Facebook and, using 18 languages, have kept 160 thousand of their peers informed.

This is just some of the data that has emerged at this stage of preparation for WYD, revealed today at the Vatican, defined by the card. Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, as "a unique experience of the universal Church which embraces the whole planet, a young Church, full of enthusiasm and missionary zeal. It is an epiphany of the Christian faith on a truly global scale. "

In Madrid, as in all other WYDs, there will also be Pope Benedict XVI. He will arrive in Madrid Thursday, August 18 and at 19.30 will be welcomed by young people in the Plaza de Cibeles. On the morning of Friday, August 19, in El Escorial he will meet with young religious and young University academics. On the same day the traditional lunch with representatives of young people and the Pope will take place The day will end with the Way of the Cross, through the streets of Madrid. Saturday, August 20, in the morning the Pope will visit the centre of reconciliation, where he will hear the confession of some young people, then he preside over a Mass for seminarians in the Cathedral of Madrid, at 20.30, Cuatro Vientos Airport, the prayer vigil will take place with young people. Sunday, August 21 at 10.00 a solemn Eucharistic celebration will close the WYD 2011.

It is the second time that the World Youth Day has been held in Spain, the first was in 1989 in Santiago de Compostela, (pictured) where John Paul II urged young people "not to be afraid to be saints." WYD Madrid is being held under the banner of the recent beatification of John Paul II - the founder of the Days, of which he is now blessed patron and protector.

Returning to the numbers, 700 thousand copies of YOUCAT, the subsidy for young Catholics, will be distributed to the participants, in 6 languages, there will also be 250 places for catechesis to be delivered in 30 languages.

In a way, catechesis is also integrated with the planned cultural program that aims to "show God through Beauty", the words of Benedict XVI, and in this way to help every young person to be rooted and firm in the faith. And film too will also have a special role to play, according to Elsa Vázquez, an international volunteer, speaking in May. On Wednesday, August 17 at Calle Fuencarral "JMJ Punto Cine" will be installed, "a space that invites the pilgrims and the general public to see in the movies stories of believers, rooted and built up in Christ, steadfast in the faith." Film screenings will be held, meetings and discussions with directors, actors and professionals in the world of cinema, a spectacular concert of film music accompanied by the reading of texts by Benedict XVI and the world premiere of a film with the presence of the protagonists.

e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
08/18/2011 VATICAN - WYD
Pope: I have come here to meet the young people committed to Christ searching for the truth
07/27/2008 VATICAN
For the Pope Sydney is the young face of the Church
08/26/2004 VATICAN
Pope tells young people to worship God to be free
08/12/2005 IRAQ – WYD
Two young Iraqi men stranded in Jordan on their way to Cologne
04/19/2011 VIETNAM
Young people key asset for future of Vietnamese society
by Thanh Thuy

Editor's choices
VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East "May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".
CHINA - VATICAN
Beijing, seminarians desert graduation ceremony: We will not celebrate Mass with illegitimate bishops The rector of the seminary is the illegitimate bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin: Students refuse to concelebrate with him and reject Msgr. Fang Xingyao, who has participated in several illegal episcopal ordinations. The directors close the year without awarding diplomas and send students home: rumors of some courses being "suspended" in September. The precedent of 2000, when 130 young students chose fidelity to the Pope over compromise with the government.
HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
Card Zen: Religious freedom and civil liberties are united, for China and Hong Kong
by Bernardo CervelleraA wide ranging conversation with the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong: the courage of Msgr. Ma Daqin, who sent a message to Pope Francis; underground Catholics are also prepared to be arrested; suspicions about Beijing’s sincerity towards possible dialogue with the Holy See. And in Hong Kong, the march for a referendum on democracy; support for "Occupy Central"; the fear of the government and arrests. Card. Zen reaffirms that religious freedom and civil liberties go hand in hand.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.