WelCom December 2022
At the conclusion of the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis registered for the next World Youth Day to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, in August 2023. Assisted and accompanied by Portuguese university students studying in Rome, the Pope tapped his way to becoming the first officially registered pilgrim for World Youth Day. He encouraged young people around the world to now register for the international celebration of faith.
Pope Francis asked young people from Portugal to join him in the window of the Apostolic Palace for the announcement that registration is now open for World Youth Day 2023, the largest international Catholic youth gathering scheduled to take place 1–6 August.
The Pope said that after a long period, especially due to the pandemic, ‘we will rediscover the joy of fraternal embrace between peoples and between generations, which we need so much.’
Pope Francis recently released a third message for World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, urging young people to follow in the footsteps of Our Lady, going in haste to others and dedicating our lives to Jesus.
‘Now is the time to arise! Like Mary, let us “arise and go in haste”. Let us carry Jesus within our hearts and bring him to all those whom we meet,’ the pope said.
Source: Vatican News