The Mozambican version of World Youth Day (WYD) scheduled for November aims at preparing young people in the Southern African nation to participate in the one to be held in Lisbon in 2023, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.
The Virgin Mary will be the “patroness par excellence” of the youth gathering.
‘If you are not poets, this meeting will not work,’ the pope told organizers.
Two young people joined the pope as he delivered his Angelus address.
The pope offered Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the feast of Christ the King.
This year’s World Youth Day will be celebrated in local dioceses on Nov. 21.
Pope Francis has decided to postpone by one year World Youth Day and the World Meeting of Families, according to the Vatican. The events were expected to take place during the summers of 2022 and 2021.