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Patron Saints of World Youth Day 2011

Patron Saints of World Youth Day 2011

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A collection of brief articles about the nine saints and beati who have been selected as the patron saints of World Youth Day 2011. From SQPN Books.
A collection of brief articles about the nine saints and beati who have been selected as the patron saints of World Youth Day 2011. From SQPN Books.

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Patron Saints of World Youth Day2011
About World Youth Day 2011
World Youth Day isa great meeting of young people fromall over the world
 
gathered around theVicar of Christ. It isone of the primarymeans by which theChurch proclaimsthe message of Christ to young people. WorldYouth Day is anevangelicalendeavor in whichthe Churchmanifests its constant concern for youth."All young people should feel cared for by theChurch: to do so, the whole Church, in unionwith the Successor of Peter, must feelincreasingly committed at the global level, infavor of youth (...) to correspond to their expectations, communicating to them thecertainty of Christ, the truth that is Christ, andthe love that is Christ through adequateformation, which is a necessary and updatedform of evangelization."
- Pope John Paul II, Address to the College of Cardinals, 20 December 1985
The objectives of World Youth Day are focused onevangelization: specifically, to make Christ known to theyoung people of our time. So then, what is the nature of whathappens at World Youth Day? What are the forces are at play? Popular analyses tend to view these Days as a variantof contemporary youth culture, describing them as a sort of rock festival, adapted for ecclesial purposes, with the Popeas the star.
 
"Such analyses presume that, with or withoutfaith, these festivals would be basically thesame; and thus the whole question of God can be set aside. Even some Catholics would seemto agree, seeing the whole event as a hugespectacle, magnificent perhaps, but of no realsignificance for the question of faith and the presence of the Gospel in our time. They claimthat although WYD might be an ecstaticcelebration, in the end it leaves everything as itwas before, without having influenced life in amore profound way. These analyses, however,fail to explain the real uniqueness of these Days,which lies in their particularly joyful nature andoverwhelming sense of communion."
- Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the Curia, 22 December 2008
World Youth Day for 2011 will be celebrated from 16 to 21August 2011 in Madrid, Spain. More information is availableonline atwww.madrid11.com.This little e-book is a collection of articles about the ninesaints and beati who have been selected as the patron saintsof the event. We pray for their intercession that the participants will be safe, that they will grow spiritually fromthe event, and the Church will be strengthened by their zeal.
The Patron Saints of World Youth Day 2011
Saint Francis Xavier Saint Ignatius of LoyolaSaint Isidore the Worker Saint John of Avila

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