World Youth Day 2002 Will Be Held In Canada

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(Ottawa – CCCB) Following a tradition established at previous World Youth Days, Pope John Paul II chose the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2000 in Rome today to announce that Canada has been chosen to host young Catholics from around the world at the next World Youth Day in Toronto in 2002.

Some 4,000 young Canadians in Rome greeted the Pope’s announcement with loud cheers and applause, making their presence and joy evident to the estimated 1.5 to 2 million people who had gathered at Rome’s Tor Vergata University for the closing celebration.

The President of the Canadian Conference of Catholics Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Gerald Wiesner, OMI, of Prince George, who was in Rome for World Youth Day with 14 other Canadian bishops, thanked the Holy Father “for entrusting Toronto and Canada with the honour of being able to host young Catholics from around the world.” Bishop Wiesner believes hosting such a major event “will be both a challenge and a blessing to Catholics in Canada and, with the grace of God, it will reap meaningful pastoral benefits and many blessings for generations to come.”

The CCCB made its request to the Vatican two years ago to host WYD 2002 and since then has been quietly planning for the gathering in the event that Toronto was selected. Rev. Thomas Rosica, CSB, the National Director for WYD 2002, has been working with an organizing committee for several months. Many of them have been in Rome since mid-July getting hands-on experience in organizing such an event.

World Youth Day in Toronto will be held in July 2002. Dioceses across Canada will first host youth from around the world prior to the large gatherings in Toronto where they are expected to be greeted by the Pope. Young pilgrims from around the world will share in various cultural activities in the dioceses, already considered to be one of the strong points of World Youth Day wherever they are held.

The budget for World Youth Day 2002 is estimated at around $20 million. The federal, provincial and municipal governments have all committed themselves to collaborate in order to make this event a major success.

Rev. Tom Rosica, CSB, National Director for World Youth Day 2002, Cardinal James F. Stafford, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity (Responsible for World Youth Day), Most Rev. Gerald Wiesner, OMI, Bishop of Prince George and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops


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