The Accra Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Council on Sunday, 21st March 2021, launched the International World Youth Day, a journey towards Lisbon 2023 at St. James Catholic Church, Osu dubbed; “Mary arose and went with haste” (Lk 1:39).
The Osu Parish Pastoral Chairperson, Cyril employed the youth to continue to offer their services to the mother Church.
The pilgrimage is an opportunity to see the universality of the Catholic Church, is a time for the youth to be refreshed, a challenge to live their faith as Catholic Youth, and an opportunity for them to exercise and pray.
Some of the Youth came to share their experiences on International World Youth Day.
The Youth and Vocations Director, Rev. Fr. Januarius Akpabli, in a short message, said it is a faith journey where you go to strengthen your faith by interacting with other Catholics all over the world, an opportunity to meet new cultures and a time to discover one’s self better.
Fr. Januarius continued by saying that for this journey not to be a dream, we should do two things “pray over it and work towards it, and it will be a reality”.
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, on 22nd June 2019, announced that the theme for the pilgrimage is “Mary arose and went with haste” (Lk 1:39). This Bible verse also takes into account the start of her visitation with her cousin Elizabeth.
The Pope also called on Catholics to prepare for the 2023 World Youth Day by meditating on two scriptural passages: Luke 7:14, “Young man, I say to you, Arise!” and a re-working of Acts 26:16, “Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen”.
World Youth Day 2023 will be a Catholic festival held in Lisbon, Portugal. This was announced by Pope Francis and Cardinal Kevin Farrell at the end of the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2019 in Panama City, Panama. It was originally scheduled to be held in August 2022, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Holy See, on April 20, 2020, postponed the festival until August 2023.
By Theresa Kpordzo