(Vatican Radio) Young Catholics will pray together with Pope Francis at a vigil to mark the 32nd World Youth Day.
The meeting on April 8 at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major will be the first between the pontiff and young people in the journey of preparation for the Synod of Bishops in October 2018 that will explore the theme of “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment”.
The event, one of many to take place at a diocesan level on Palm Sunday this year, will also form part of the build up to the next international World Youth Day that will take place in Panama in 2019.
Young people from across the Diocese of Rome and other dioceses in the Lazio region will gather with the pope at 5pm at the papal basilica on the Esquiline Hill.
They will reflect on the figure of John the Apostle, chosen as the example to follow in the process of discernment and discussion called for in the preparatory document for next year’s Synod. Participants will also ask for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is the inspiration for the theme for the next three world youth days.
The vigil is being organised by the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in collaboration with dioceses in the Lazio region and the Holy See’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
(Richard Paul Marsden)