MADRID WYD 2011: 22 YEARS AFTER SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, THE ACCOUNT OF A YOUNG MAN OF THE TIME

"Nineteen years ago I went to Santiago de Compostela, where the fourth World Youth Day was taking place. The reason for that journey concerned neither the Church nor the faith. I was a young man who, like others, was eager to listen to John Paul II. From that meeting, my life changed, and after two years of discernment, I decided to become a priest". The account, for SIR, was by Father Javier Porro, delegate for the youth pastoral of the archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela, after hearing the announcement of the Pope in Sydney.” “"I give the WYD a great value – he added – because I realized how many people found out their vocation to religious or marriage life in that experience".” “Father Porro concluded: "I believe these days are extraordinary events which become part of the ordinary pastoral, helping it to better respond to the expectations of the young. The Pope’s invitation to support educators also confirms the great attention paid by the Church to new generations". ” “

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