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