· The Holy Father with 20 Asian youth in Korea ·
Twenty young people participating in Asian Youth Day (ayd) in Daejeon, will have lunch with Pope Francis on 15 August during his stay in Korea, which will be the third international visit of his Pontificate.
These young people from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Taiwan, Nepal, China, Japan and Mongolia will also be joined by Boa Kwon, a Korean international pop singer, as honorary ambassador of the 6th ayd. The theme of this year’s ayd is "Asian Youth! Wake up! The Glory of the Martyrs Shines on You”.
The current days mark the exact anniversary of Pope Bergoglio’s first international visit, made to Brazil from 22 to 29 July 2013. On that occasion, he also met with the young generation attending the 28th World Youth Day (wyd). Celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, the families and parishes of Brazil generously welcomed more than 3 million young people who participated. Cardinal Archbishop Orani João Tempesta, O. Cist., in a message on the website of the Archdiocese of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, underlined how the experience of the 2013 wyd “will remain as an important moment not only for Catholics, but for all young people of good will who have seen that a new world is possible! There are youths”, the Cardinal concluded, “who want to change society by respecting people and institutions in these dark and difficult times.
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