25,000 from 40 Countries Will Assist Young Pilgrims
VATICAN CITY, (ZENIT.org).- Since
last Saturday, thousands of volunteers for World Youth Day have
arrived in Rome -- a total of 25,000 "guardian angels" are
expected. From August 15-20, they will be responsible for welcoming
the youth and for the logistical organization of the activities of
some one million young pilgrims.
The World Youth Day volunteers come from 40 different countries.
They will celebrate their own special Jubilee on August 12, which
will include a Mass in St. Peter's Square, presided over by Cardinal
Camillo Ruini, Vicar of Rome. They will conclude their celebration
by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door together. Immediately
thereafter, they will begin 9 days of fast-paced work.
Massimo Orselli, who is in charge of the volunteer section of the
Committee for World Youth Day stated that by August 8, over 18,000
volunteers will be in Rome. They will cover railroad stations,
toll-booths on highways, airports, and bus depots to welcome the
youth and inform them about their accommodations. Other volunteers
will greet the pilgrims at their places of residence and be
available to resolve practical problems. Mr. Orselli went on to
thank the volunteers who will make it possible for the hundreds of
thousands of young pilgrims from around the world to meet with the
Pope in the field of Tor Vergara, on the outskirts of Rome. After
the meeting, the youth are expected to spend the last night of their
Jubilee celebration under the stars.
The volunteers are directed by 800 persons of a team, also made up
of volunteers, trained in a special course held in the Italian city
of Fiuggi at the beginning of May.