Students Poised to Join Holy Father at Prayer Vigil

March 5 Event to Prepare for World Youth Day

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VATICAN CITY, FEB. 3, 2005 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II is scheduled to preside March 5 at a Marian vigil and pray the rosary with European university students, in preparation for this year’s World Youth Day.

The vigil will be held for the 3rd European Day of University Students. It is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Paul VI Hall and will be linked with cathedrals and churches in nine cities: Lisbon, Portugal; London; Madrid, Spain; Berlin; Zagreb, Croatia; Bucharest, Romania; Kiev, Ukraine; Tirana, Albania; and Bari, Italy.

Among the prelates who will preside at the prayer vigils in the various cities are Cardinals Josip Bozanic, Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, Jose da Cruz Policarpo, Lubomyr Husar and Maximilian Sterzinsky.

The theme of this edition of the European Day of University Students is “Intellectual Search, Way to Encounter Christ.” It is being organized by the Vicariate of Rome.

The Vatican Television Center will be responsible for the satellite connection between Rome and the cities mentioned.

The 3rd European Day of University Students aims to sensitize the academic world about the World Youth Day, to be held Aug. 16-21 in Cologne, Germany.

A ticket is required to attend the vigil in Paul VI Hall. Tickets may be requested from the Office of University Pastoral Care (telephone in Rome: (06) 69886342; by e-mail: ufficiopastoraleuniversitaria@vicariatusurbis.org, or from university chaplaincies, parishes, university colleges, and ecclesial movements, associations and groups.

The meeting may be followed on television or on the Web page www.universitas2000.org.

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