Vatican City, 08 March, 2022 / 8:10 pm (ACI Africa).
Given the many challenges the world is facing, next year’s World Youth Day should be a gathering filled with life and strength, Pope Francis told the Portugal event’s organizers.
“In the midst of all these crises, you have to prepare and help so that the August 2023 event is a young event, a fresh event, an event with life, an event with strength, a creative event,” the pope said in a video message, shared on the World Youth Day 2023 website on March 7.
Pope Francis encouraged members of the international event’s organizing committee to be inventive in planning the gathering, which will take place on Aug. 1-6, 2023, and not just to fall back on the format of past World Youth Days.
“Do not live on the returns, on what has been done in the other meetings,” he said. “You have to create the meeting. If you are not creative, if you are not poets, this meeting will not work, it will not be original, it will be a photocopy of other meetings.”
Francis cited Bl. Carlo Acutis. “As the young Italian blessed said: each of us has to be original, not a photocopy.”