CATHOLIC youth from around the world are setting their sights on Toronto, Canada in 2002.
In the tradition of past World Youth Days, next year’s event is set to be an unforgettable experience.
In 1984, Pope John Paul II invited the young people of the world to go on pilgrimage.
In response, there have been extraordinary processions of youth for the past 16 years, beginning in Rome, continuing through Buenos Aires, Santiago de Compostela, Czestochowa, Denver, Manila, Paris, and returning to Rome for the Year of Great Jubilee.
World Youth Day in 2000 was one of the highlights of the Great Jubilee celebrations, with more than 2 million young people participating.
At the end of World Youth Day (WYD) in Rome, the Holy Father gave thanks for this great pilgrimage of youth through recent history.
‘Thank God for the World Youth Days! Thanks be to God for all the young people who have been involved in them in the past 16 years! Many of them are now adults who continue to live their faith in their homes and workplaces. I am sure, dear friends, that you too will be as good as those who preceded you. You will carry the proclamation of Christ into the new millennium’ (From the homily of Pope John Paul II at the closing Mass of World Youth Day, August 20, 2000).
The pilgrimage tradition continues with the next World Youth Day celebrations to be hosted by Toronto in Canada. Preparations are already underway, with young people all over Brisbane and the world getting ready to make this significant pilgrimage to the first World Youth Day of the new millennium.
Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane has confirmed his involvement in the pilgrimage, which will see young people from parishes of the archdiocese journey to Canada, and experience Christ in this unique country.
Although some details of the pilgrimage are yet to be confirmed, it is hoped that pilgrims will be able to experience the Rocky Mountains as well as the shrines of Quebec on their way to Toronto.
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