.- Hundreds of Catholic University students in Hong Kong are scheduled to take part in a meeting of European and Asian Catholic Youth with Pope Benedict XVI, Saturday March 10th. The students are to link up with the Holy Father who will be with other European and Asian young people at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.
The Fides News Agency has reported that the Chinese students will meet at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Hong Kong where they will be able to participate in the youth meeting by way of satellite.
The event is being organized by the Counsel of European Bishops Conferences and the office of Office for University Pastoral Care of the Vicariate of Rome.
Father Michele Calastra, spiritual director of the Federation of Catholic Students of Hong Kong, told Fides that "Pope Benedicto XVI has not yet come to Asia, but by these means, he will be able to be put in contact with the faithful of Hong Kong."
"We will be able to see the Pope and the Pope will be able to see us from Rome, he will be able to see our Cathedral, we will be able to pray together and pray the Rosary," he added.
The Chinese students will lead the recitation of the first Luminous Mystery in Cantonese.
In addition to the Chinese students, the meeting also expected to include youth from Calcutta (India) and Manila (Philippines), by way of satellite.