World Youth Days 2000: 4000 Young Canadians Going to Rome in August

Wednesday, June 21 2000

(CCCB – Ottawa) — Canadian Catholic participation in World Youth Days 2000 (WYD) will be at an all time record when up to a million young people from around the world gather in Italy, August 15-20.

The Canadian contingent will be close to 4,000 young people and about a dozen bishops, up considerably from the 2,300 youth who made the trip to Paris for WYD 1997.

The Rome gathering is the seventh World Youth Days event to be held since it was launched by Pope John Paul II in 1987 and in various countries around the world. It is also one of the many Jubilee events being celebrated this year in Rome to mark 2,000 years of Christianity.

In Rome, the young people will be taking part in such activities as the Way of the Cross, a pilgrimage to Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Holy Door, sessions for learning more about their faith, a vigil and a concluding with Mass with the Pope.

The young people will spend the beginning of WYD 2000 in some of the other Italian dioceses being welcomed by young people there who will teach them about life and customs in Italy.

The Canadians at WYD 2000, representing most of Canada’s 71 dioceses, also hope to hear some good news from the Pope at the closing Mass when he is expected to announce the location of WYD 2002. Toronto is one of the leading contenders for 2002.