While tens of thousands of youths from almost 200 dioceses throughout Italy are on their way to Rome for the meeting with Pope Francis on 11-12 August, the two-day programme was presented. About 70,000 young people will meet the Pope on Saturday at the Circo Massimo, for a “face-to-face” dialogue, to be followed by a prayer-wake in the spirit of the synod of October dedicated expressly to the youth. During the night some Churches along the Circo Massimo-St. Peter route will remain open not only for personal and community prayers, and confessions, but also testimonials, performances and theme encounters. On Sunday morning in St. Peter’s Square, Mass will be celebrated, followed by a new meeting with Pope Francis who will consign his missionary mandate to the youths and bless the gifts which the Italian delegation will bring to the World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019.
Alberto and Anna Friso who have long been committed in the New Families of the Focolare Movement, share their own expectations for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland (August 21 – 26, 2018). Interview by Vatican News.[more]
Migrants. They are not numbers, but people who carry with them a burden of suffering, together with their own culture and hope for a better future. The town of Ventimiglia is one of the frontier “hotspots” on the migrant routes of Europe. Here, some people decided not to ignore them.[more]
Tommaso Carrieri is co-founder of Non Dalla Guerra (“Not from war”). He spoke of his work for peace to 6,000 young people attending Genfest 2018 in Manila.[more]