VATICAN CITY, AUG 20, 2000 (VIS) - At the conclusion of today's Mass at Rome's Tor Vergata
University and prior to praying the angelus, the Holy Father announced that "the next World Youth
Day will be held in Toronto, Canada, in the summer of 2002."
He went on: "Right from now I invite the young people of the world to set out for Toronto, and I offer
a special greeting to the Canadian delegation, who wanted to be here at this celebration to accept the
task which will be theirs."
The Holy Father asked the Blessed Virgin "to watch over all the youth of the world" and expressed his
"heartfelt thanks to you who have taken part in this 15th World Youth Day." He also extended his
gratitude to all the ecclesial and civil authorities who participated in organizing the event, concluding: "I
ask all of you to see to it that the rich legacy of good which this common undertaking has produced is