Once again, the Neocatechumenal Way will be present at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. Over 40,000 youth of the Way from all over the world are arriving in Brazil to participate in various events, together with Pope Francis. During the first days, their mission will be to evangelize the kerygma (the Good News) throughout the streets in various cities across the country, giving their testimony accompanied by guitars and various musical instruments, as exemplified by the mission already carried out by the Way during the Easter season in 10,000 city squares around the world.
After the vigil and closing Mass presided by Pope Francis, the Neocatechumenal Way – as in every WYD – will celebrate a Meeting of Youth in which they will ask for vocations to the contemplative life and the priesthood, as one of the first fruits of the WYD. The meeting will take place on Monday at 14,30 (local time in Rio de Janeiro) in the Riocentro Conference Center. Over 40,000 youth from all over the world will participate at this meeting.
The meeting will be presided by the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, H.E. Orani Tempesta, accompanied by various cardinals, an estimated 60 bishops and numerous priests and will be carried out by the initiators and responsibles at the international level of the Neocatechumenal Way: Kiko Argüello, Carmen Hernández and Fr. Mario Pezzi.
The meeting will begin with the presentation of the Countries present, as well as the bishops and archbishops accompanying them. Shortly afterwards, a procession will take place with an image of the Virgin of Peña, patroness of Rio, which will be followed by the proclamation of the Gospel sung. The Archbishop will deliver a homily, followed by the kerygma announced by Argüello. Lastly, a vocational call will be made in which young men and women will be invited to offer their lives for Jesus Christ.
The meeting will be transmitted live through various television and radio stations around the world.