After Pope Francis set aside a prepared speech in Lisbon Friday morning, citing problems with his eyesight amid poor lighting, concern over the pontiff’s vision has grown after he largely ignored two other prepared texts, including a highly anticipated message Saturday morning in Fatima.
In preparation for World Youth Day, young pilgrims representing the Diocese of Brooklyn came together for a celebratory send-off Mass Sunday, July 23 at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston.
Pope Francis criticized the passage of a law by Portugal’s parliament to legalize euthanasia in the country.
Even though World Youth Day (WYD) Lisbon is a long two years away, nothing is stopping the Diocese of Brooklyn’s young people from starting to celebrate it now.
Two years may seem a ways off, but the Diocese of Brooklyn is already planning for the intercontinental edition of World Youth Day (WYD), scheduled to be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2023. Father Gerard J. Sauer, diocesan director of pilgrimages and pastor of St. Patrick’s in Bay Ridge, said the diocese is keeping health and safety measures in mind and remaining attentive to COVID-19-related news and updates.
World Youth Day organizers released the winning theme song for the international gathering in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2023.