SYDNEY 2008: IRELAND, MCKEOWN (YOUTH PASTORAL), "CELEBRATE FAITH WITH PRIDE"

There are over 800 young Irish Catholics in Sydney, with eight bishops, including Card. Seán Brady (Armagh) and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (Dublin). "A great opportunity to celebrate faith with pride; hope and love in a world in which many people doubt that those words are still meaningful", commented Donal McKeown, auxiliary bishop of Downn and Connor and president of the Bishops’ Commission for vocations and the youth pastoral. "The subject ‘You will be my witnesses’ is a perennial call for each one to believe that it is possible to build up a better world through a mark of faith in the God of truth, beauty and peace – went on the bishop -, and is linked with our Irish year for vocations". "I hope the World Youth Day will be a time for celebrations, and for encouraging the people celebrating it – in Australia and in Ireland". "For us, the Irish Church – concluded McKeown -, the challenge is to be sure to be able to build up our parish communities on the basis of the enthusiasm and idealism of the young". Sunday, 20th July, at 11 a.m., the station RTÉ is broadcasting a one-hour programme from Sydney, with a few flashes of the most important events of the WYD: the Way of the Cross on Friday 18th, the Wake on Saturday 19th, and the final Mass on 20th. Information: www.catholiccommunications.ie

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