#AriseandGo: like Mary, an invitation to young people to rise up and reach out to the poor
On November 20, 2022, the Solemnity of Christ the King, will be celebrated the XXXVII World Youth Day in the particular Churches. The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life invites young people to live it to the rhythm of the World Day of the Poor
Since last year, the World Youth Day in the particular Churches has been celebrated on the Solemnity of Christ the King, which coincides with the Sunday following the World Day of the Poor. In the Pastoral guidelines for the celebration of World Youth Day in the particular Churches, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life points to the opportune providential coincidence as an opportunity to promote initiatives to which young people give their time and resources in favor of the poorest of the poor, the marginalized, the excluded from society. Thus, young people are offered the possibility of becoming “protagonists of the revolution of charity and service, capable of resisting the pathologies of consumerism and superficial individualism”.
“Christ became poor because of you” (2 Cor 8:9) and “Mary got up and went in haste” (Lk 1:39): these are the themes of World Day of the poor and this year’s World Youth Day. In the week from Sunday November 13 to Sunday November 20, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life therefore promotes and supports a series of initiatives that will take place in different parts of the world to accompany young people to fully live the call of the Holy Father to rise up and act in haste towards those who, poor like Christ, need an embrace of “new missionary fraternity” (cf. Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the XXXVII World Day of Youth 2022-2023).
Among the initiatives, that of Caritas Internationalis, which includes the launch of a week-long program of reflection and action entitled “Cultivating Solidarity: From Prayer to Action” is significant enough. It will start with an online Mass for the World Day of the Poor and will end on November 20 with an online Rosary to celebrate World Youth Day in the particular Churches. Each day, prayers and suggestions based on the See/Judge/Do methodology will be available on the Caritas Internationalis website to encourage reflection on the issue of poverty and inspire simple but effective actions to serve, accompany and defend the poor. This program has been created and will be
be facilitated by young volunteers and Caritas staff, but it is aimed at all young people, who can also participate via social media using the hashtag #PrayActCaritas. The online prayer of the Holy Rosary, which will be part of the Caritas proposals for young people, will be opened by an intervention by Fr. João Chagas, Head of the Youth Office of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
This afternoon, Saturday 12, young people from San Lorenzo International Youth Centernear St. Peter’s Basilica, invite the poorest and most marginalized to experience a time of brotherhood and prayer.
On the 19th and 20th, in Lisbon, where in August 2023 the International Youth Day 2023 will be held, the celebration will be dedicated to adolescents and young university students, with the aim of offering them an experience of ecclesial communion and sending them on mission in parish communities. In RomeThe Youth Ministry of the Diocese invites young people to the Sanctuary of Our Lady
of Divine Love, where first there will be a celebration, then a nocturnal vigil which will end with the Holy Mass presided over by Card. Angel of Donatis.
In order to share and create a network of testimonies, concrete actions, stories and spiritual communion, the The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, Caritas Internationalis and the Local Organizing Committee of WYD Lisbon 2023 launch the hashtag #AriseandGowho takes
on the theme of Pope Francis’ Message for World Youth Day 2022-2023, “Mary got up and went in haste” (Lk 1,39).
A promotional video of the celebration of November 20 has been made available to episcopal conferences, synods of the main patriarchal and archiepiscopal churches, dioceses/eparchies, ecclesial movements and associations.
For more information:
Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life