Plans for papal meeting with Maltese youth emerge

.- More details have come to light on Pope Benedict XVI's trip to the Mediterranean island of Malta this coming April. During his encounter with youth on the second day of his travels, the Pope is set to exchange words with the young Maltese from an "eco-friendly" stage.

Concerts will begin hours before the arrival of the Holy Father to the Valletta Waterfront on April 18, with bands and individual artists beginning to play at 2:30 p.m., according to the Times of Malta. A choir of nearly one hundred members will take the stage 45 minutes before the Pope's appearance at 5:15 p.m. He is set to arrive on a catamaran after crossing the Great Harbor from Kalkara.

Benedict XVI will spend an hour with the youth there, listening to the words of several young Maltese delegates and responding with a speech of his own. A young person active in the Church, a young family, a man preparing for the priesthood and a person who is "distant from the Church" have been chosen to address the Holy Father.

Fr. Charles Cordina told the newspaper that the youth event is especially important because the Maltese bishops specifically requested the audience.

He explained, "We could have organized a meeting with all the Maltese clergy but the bishops felt that a meeting with young people would be better because they are the future of the Church and our country."

Following the youth encounter, the Pope will go to the airport, leaving continuing festivities behind.

Five hundred young people are taking part in the organization of the event which features an "eco-friendly" stage, designed by 25-year old architect Daniel Darmanin, and made of recyclable cuts of wood to be dismantled and reused at the conclusion of the event.

Organizers of the event expect 14,000 young people to welcome the Pope.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon

Liturgical Calendar

July 29, 2014

Saint Martha

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 11:19-27


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 14: 17-22
Gospel:: Jn 11: 19-27

Saint of the Day

St. Martha »


Homily of the Day

Jn 11:19-27


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: