Give young people WYD opportunities, nuncio says

As Brazil's bishops announce a bid to host World Youth Day in 2011, Holy See nuncio Archbishop Ambrose De Paoli has challenged the Australian church to give opportunities to young people to share the impact that the experience has had on them.

Addressing Australian bishops, Archbishop De Paoli said that perhaps the most important part of any World Youth Day was to integrate the experience into the life of the Church, an ACBC media statement reports.

"What of the core event itself? What overall and particular message did it convey? What follow-up will be given to this message, locally and nationally?" Archbishop De Paoli asked.

Hosting World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008 also offers the Australian church "a golden opportunity to look in upon yourselves, a mirror of the Catholicism in general of which you are the principal carers, but in particular as it relates to the young," Archbishop De Paoli told the bishops.

The Nuncio asked whether the young people themselves would be given the opportunity to be heard after WYD, to voice their thoughts and impressions and share the impact that the experience had on them.

"Or will the young be simply invited to a liturgical service to thank them for participating and be told what WYD was about and what is expected of them as a result?

"There is room and need for something similar, without a doubt. But, is that alone doing justice to the reason for WYD?

"The Lord was speaking to them too, in various ways, if not principally. And in doing so, he was also speaking to those in the sanctuary, behind the podium or on the stage. This, too, will come to rest on your doorsteps."

Meanwhile, Zenit reports that the Brazilian episcopal conference's general assembly this week approved a proposal by the youth sector of the bishops' laity commission to bid for World Youth Day 2011.

According to the conference's website, the president of the commission, Bishop Mauro Montagnoli of Ilheus, supported the request citing the benefits that the World Youth Days bring to host countries.

The Brazilian government, through the National Secretariat for Young People, has already expressed support for the initiative.

World Youth Day was begun by Pope John Paul II in 1986 and has already been held in Rome, Argentina, Spain, Poland, the US, the Philippines, France, Canada and Germany.


SOURCE
Brazil hopes to host '11 world youth day (Indian Catholic, 9/5/07)
Challenge for WYD lies in listening to the young people who attend - Nuncio (ACBC Media Release, 4/5/07)

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