The Poor Must Not Be Excluded from World Youth Day, says Polish Bishop

The Polish bishop overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2016 has urged priests to ensure that no young people are excluded because of poverty.

Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, Poland, which is hosting the international celebration, said arranging for young people who might not be able to attend the event would be “our priestly gifts for youngsters in this Year of Mercy.”

“We’re well aware how much deprivation, unemployment and neglect there is, and this requires from us all sensitivity and solidarity with the poorest, so they won’t feel left out,” he said on Friday, as preparations continued for the event set for July 26-31 next year in the southern Polish city.

Any assistance to young people should, Bishop Muskus explained, reflect “a compromise between awareness of youth possibilities and organisational needs and costs,” but also should adhere to the event’s theme, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”

Meanwhile, Cardinal Stanislaw Diwisz of Krakow said he was counting on participation by young people from all over the world, “and not only young Christians.”

“We need a new view of the church, which is the risen Christ’s gift to the world and all generations. But we also need enthusiasm in the faith, since this enthusiasm is often extinguished under the ashes of daily hardships and weaknesses,” Cardinal Dziwisz said in a homily. Visit this article to read more.

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