(ANS – Rome) – On 22 November 2020 Pope Francis called for a relaunch of the celebration of WYD in the particular Churches. He announced that this celebration which has been traditionally held on Palm Sunday, starting in 2021 will be held on the Sunday of the Solemnity of Christ the King.
On 14 September 2021, in his message for the WYD 2021, he invited all the young people to “ARISE” presenting the reflections on the conversion story of St. Paul. He also appreciated the contribution of young people during the pandemic days of sowing seeds of hope, upholding freedom and justice, and acting as peacemakers and bridge builders. He is convinced that today Christ speaks to the young people the same words that he spoke to Paul: ‘Arise! Do not remain downcast or caught up in yourself: a mission awaits you! You too can testify to what Jesus has begun to accomplish in your lives’.
Following the message of Pope Francis, the Councillor for Youth Ministry Fr Miguel Angel Garcia Morcuende, along with the coordinator for Salesian Youth Movement Fr Patrick Anthonyraj, invite and encourage all the young people of Salesian Youth Movement of SDB provinces, to celebrate WYD on 21 November 2021. This will be a concrete expression of our devotion to the Pope and our spiritual pilgrimage to the WYD Lisbon 2023. The regional level “SYM-LEADS” are kindly requested to coordinate. We propose the following:
– Spreading the message of Pope Francis of WYD 2021 in every means possible. Translate in your local languages and spread it to the young people.
– Participating fully in the initiatives of your local diocese.
– Gathering young people at the province level and take initiatives that manifest the essential characteristics of World Youth Day, namely: a festival of faith, an experience of Church, a missionary experience, an opportunity for vocational discernment and a call to holiness, an experience of pilgrimage, and an experience of universal fraternity.
As SYM, let us “Arise and celebrate WYD in the particular Churches!”.