POPE'S MIND IS ALREADY ON WORLD YOUTH DAY

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy,  July 17,(Zenit.org).- John Paul II has Toronto very much on his mind. 
At the end of Wednesday's general audience, the Pope told the young people present: "In meeting with you, I am already thinking of the imminent World Youth Day. Pray so that it will be a propitious occasion to experience the joy of being authentic witnesses of Christ." 

The July 23-28 event in Canada's largest city is expected to gather 300,000 young people. 

"The new generations are called by John Paul II to make a leap of quality of life," L'Osservatore Romano, the semiofficial Vatican newspaper, explained in a Page 1 article in Thursday's edition. 

"It is necessary to have the courage to abandon the idols and fashions to embrace the cross of Christ, as a sign of solidarity and sharing. Only in this way is the civilization of love constructed," the article added. 


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