IN COMING DAYS, ROME WILL BE CAPITAL OF WORLD'S YOUTH
VATICAN CITY, AUG 15, 2000 (VIS) - "It may be said that from today until Sunday, Rome will be
the capital of the youth of the world!" It was with these words that, prior to reciting the angelus at
Castelgandolfo, the Pope referred to the opening of World Youth Day, which will run from August 15
After highlighting that "this year, August 15, at the heart of the Holy Year, marks the beginning of the
world meeting of youth," the Pope gave thanks to the organizers and volunteers "for what they have
already done and for what they will do over the coming days to ensure the success of the great Jubilee
of youth." He also especially thanked "the families, parishes, schools and institutes that have opened
their doors to welcome the young pilgrims who have come from all parts of the world."
The Holy Father also made reference to today's Solemnity of the
Assumption of the Virgin, saying: "The Assumption of Mary Most
Holy reminds us that our true homeland is heaven, (She) offers us
her maternal aid to prepare us for the definitive meeting with
Christ, at the end of our pilgrimage on earth."