POPE SAYS WYD IS "FIRE OF HOPE" FOR
WORLD UNDER "DARK CLOUD"
CASTELGANDOLFO, Italy, Jul 22, 02 (CWNews.com) - During
his weekly public recitation of
the Angelus on Sunday, two days before
his departure for Canada, Pope John Paul II called young
people, once again and in six languages, to the 17th World
Youth Day which takes place this year in Toronto.
The Holy Father said that young people "enkindled a fire of hope
for everyone" in a world plunged into "a dark cloud" by
"the tragic events of last September 11
and the conflict in the Holy
Speaking from the midst of the pilgrims
gathered in the courtyard of his
summer residence of Castelgandolfo, and not
from his balcony as is his custom, the Pope recalled World
Youth Day in Rome in 2000. "In those unforgettable days,
faithful young people enkindled a fire of hope for everyone," he said. The
gathering in Toronto is a means "of continuing
this common, brotherly pilgrimage around the world,"
the Holy Father said, adding, "The tragic events of September
11 and the conflict in the Holy Land have cast a dark
cloud over the world."
"I will go there will to pray with them, to share our joy and
to have together an experience enriched by faith," said the
Pope while inviting particularly the "many young people who
cannot be present in person to follow the event through the
various means of communication" and "to be united in prayer."
John Paul then addressed the people present in six languages,
asking them particularly to pray that the World Youth
Day of Toronto result in "a broad overflowing of graces
and blessings." Sometimes joking in Polish with the citizens
of his homeland, sometimes more serious, the Pope finished
by saying, in English, that summer is "a time of reflection
and reading of the Scriptures."
Finally, before withdrawing to his residence, the Pope exclaimed
in an off-the-cuff remark in Italian, "To all the young
people who go to Toronto, happy voyage!" and the crowd responded
with loud cheers and applause.