The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has released the Holy Father’s Message for the 35th World Youth Day (WYD), which will be celebrated in dioceses/eparchies on or around Palm Sunday, 5 April 2020, on the theme “Young man, I say to you arise!” (Luke 7:14). This is the first in a series of messages to young people leading to the international celebration of World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal in 2022 on the theme of “Mary arose and went with haste” (Luke 1:39). In his message, Pope Francis writes, as Christians, verbs such as “arise” and “stand up” carry with them an importance when we recognize that “…we constantly fall and have to get up again. People who are not on a journey never fall; then again, neither do they move forward. That is why we need to accept the help that Jesus gives us and put our faith in God. The first step is to let ourselves get up and to realize that the new life Jesus offers us is good and worth living”.

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