WelCom April 2022
Pope Francis sent a video message in Spanish last month, to young people involved in preparations for World Youth Day 2023, to take place from August 1–6 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The Pope said he looks forward to meeting young people for the celebrations just as they do in gathering together from around the globe for the international celebrations.
He acknowledged the difficult context we are living today, coming out of the pandemic crisis and now faced with a new war crisis.
Despite these great challenges, the Pope encouraged the volunteers to use all their creative energy to ensure WYD 2023 will be a youthful, joyful, lively, and memorable experience for all, offering the joyful hope faith in God brings.
He called on them to be creative like poets to dream up a new experience that will be remembered and not just a repeat of previous WYD gatherings. Everyone can contribute here, the Pope said, saying, ‘Take courage and strive ahead!’
Source: Vatican News