FIRST MASS OF THE WORLD YOUTH ENCOUNTER
Rome, 4 (NE) On Wednesday 2, in the seminary of Verone, was held the first official Mass of the
World Youth Encounter whose main activities will take place on August 19 and 20 in Rome. Over
200 young people from countries affected by war took part in the Eucharistic celebration, uniting
themselves in a prayer for world peace. As well they asked the young people to answer the
challenge to live reconciliation.
The Mass was presided over by Monsignor Cesare Nosiglia, President of the Italian Commission
for the World Youth Meeting. “Let’s ask the Lord,” he prayed during the celebration, “to give to
the youth of the entire world the strength to believe in the good seed that He has placed inside our
hearts: the seed of reconciliation, love and peace.” He also reminded the young people that “the
good seed is the Son of God and we, who are from the Kingdom, are called to follow the example
of Christ who has won over evil with the weapons of forgiveness and love.