Meeting in Paris for World Youth Day

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Ottawa -- (CCCB) ... Paris is preparing to greet hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world for the August 18-24 World Youth Days which will be held in the French capital. More than 2300 young Canadians from fifty Canadian dioceses will take part in this great celebration of Christian faith.

World Youth Day in Paris, the seventh of its kind — the last meeting in the Philippines two years ago had gathered over two million participants — enables young people from everywhere to demonstrate the joy of togetherness and share intense moments of fraternity by participating in activities including two great gatherings presided by Pope John Paul II, one evening event, Saturday, August 23, and a Papal mass the following day.

Two of four events will be broadcast by Le réseau de l’information (R.D.I.) during a nine-hour coverage (plus repeats) of the Holy Father’s visit to France. The schedule is as follows: August 21, 1997 Holy Father’s arrival 9:30-12:00 10:30-1:30am (repeat) August 22, 1997 Mass at the Cathedral 9:30-11:00 August 23, 1997 Evening vigil with the Pope 1:30-5:00 10:30-1:30am(repeat) August 24, 1997 Papal Mass 8:30-11:00 10:00-00:30am (repeat)

A few days earlier, the sixth International Youth Forum will also be held in Paris from August 14 to 18. This Forum, held every two years, is being sponsored by the Pontifical Council of the Laity. It will see the participants from around the world reflect on the major issues challenging the modern world and will inspire them to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. Prior to the Forum and to World Youth Day, several of the groups are guests of various dioceses in France, a unique innovation to the program.

Other Information - Statistics: ------60% of the Canadian delegation is English speaking; between 750 and 800 Quebecers, almost a third of the Canadian delegation, will be going to France; ------women form 75% of the Canadian delegation; ------seventeen Canadian bishops are attending; ------in Paris, young people will find ccommodation in schools, hotels or with French families.

The Paris rally is the seventh of its kind after Rome, St Jacques de Compostelle, Buenos aires, Czestochowa, Denver and Manilla. "Master, where are you staying? Come and See" is the theme of the 1997 World Youth Day.

For interviews with Canadian bishops and groups and for media reports, contact Father Douglas Crosby, General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and Gérald Baril, Assistant General Secretary of the same Conference at their headquarters at Les Filles de la sagesse, 80 rue de la Tombe Issoire, tel.: 011-1 43 27 79 10. For information on different groups or for any other information on World Youth Day 1997, please contact the Communications Services of the CCCB.

For More Information Contact:
Deacon William Kokesch
Director, Communications Service


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