WYD IN SYDNEY: MSGR. BETORI (ITALIAN BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE), "IT WON’T BE A SEPARATE EVENT"

(From our correspondents in Sydney) – "I can see a clear holiday atmosphere introducing these days. We are sure that this World Youth Day, too, will be an opportunity to meet Jesus through the teachings of the Pope and bishops". Those words were said to SIR by the Secretary General of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Msgr. Giuseppe Betori, as soon as he arrived at Sydney Airport to take part in the World Youth Day. "The National Service for the youth pastoral of CEI – he added – perfectly included this World Youth Day in the three-year pastoral programme which is the Agora of young Italians, and for this reason, too, there is the conviction that it won’t remain a separate event". Moreover, with reference to today’s message of Benedict XVI to young Australians, and to his question "where shall we look for answers?", Msgr. Betori declared: "the message of the Pope took me back in time, at the World Youth Day of Rome in 2000, when John Paul II pointed out that one can find the expected answers in Christ; the central role played by Christ, according to the Church, is the key to real life renewal". Hundreds of young Italians were on the plane taking Msgr. Betori to Australia: "The organizational machine – said Father Nicoló Anselmi, in charge of SNPG to SIR – is going on well. The young express their joy to meet on the other side of the world in various ways. The work carried out in local churches, and by the people in charge and the delegates of the youth pastoral is very good".

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