‘Learning to Love’ youth forum begins in Italy tomorrow


The Pontifical Council for the Laity is organizing an International Youth Forum, which occurs every three years, in the small Italian town Rocca di Papa from March 24-28 of this year.

The theme of the conference, which aims to bring together a diverse group of young people from around the world, is “Learning to Love.”

The nearly 300 participants will reflect on love's role in vocations, marriage, family, consecrated life and the priesthood. Forum attendees will be able to attend lectures, round table discussions, witness and work groups.

The gathering is the tenth is the International Youth Forum series. Participants are delegated by episcopal conferences as well as mainstream international movements and associations.

Delegates to the forum will also have the privilege of participating in the Pope’s meeting with young people from Rome and Lazio, which will take place on Thursday, March 25.

The congress will conclude with Palm Sunday Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict in St. Peter’s Square. The Mass is usually attended by thousands of young people from around the world.

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