The Catholic paper had an article reporting on the trip to Rome of Bishop Jo,
who is the head of the Bishops' committee for youth. The article mentioned the proceedings of the meeting of the international youth leaders. The Bishop said there was a positive change in the Australian Society towards the Church and the youth in consequence of the WYD.
The leaders of the youth movement in the different countries met in Rome for 3 days to discuss the 23rd World Youth Day that was held in Sydney in 2008 and the 2011 WYD to be held in Madrid. This will be the second WYD to be held in Spain, the first was 20 years ago in Compostela, the famous Pilgrimage Site in Spain.
. The WYD are held every three years, during the in-between years there are small
international youth group meetings in Vatican Square.
The Holy Father has designated themes to be considered during the years leading up to the WYD.
This year:(Timothy 4:10 “Our hopes are fixed on the living God.")
In 2010 the theme will be: (Mark: 10:17 “Good Teacher what must I do to share in everlasting life?”)
In the WYD of 2011: (Colossians 2:7 “ Be rooted in him and built up in him, growing ever stronger in faith.”
Next year the second Korean World Youth Day will be held in Ui Jeong Bu. The Bishop said that we are not having a KWD just to have a KWD but a time to relate with the youth of other dioceses and to exchange ideas. The Bishop hopes that the youth will take these themes that the Pope has given and use them to prepare our own
KWD. He hopes that someday they will be able to host the WYD.
The Bishop mentioned that the early disciples of
Christ were in their age bracket and asked that they be missionaries in giving the Church to the world and carrying this out in their lives.