WYD: catechesis is the secret of a successful event
(Vatican Radio) On Tuesday evening, the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Orani Joao Tempesta,
is presiding at the official opening Mass for the XXVIII World Youth Day. Brazilian
Father Leandro Lenin is in charge of organising the programme of catechesis for the
hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims who've enrolled for the event - and many more
who are expected to arrive over the coming days. The head of the English Programme,
Sean-Patrick Lovett, who's following this papal visit, caught up with Fr Leandro to
find out more about this crucial part of the six day event and about special provisions
for disabled participants…..
prepared 24 places of catechesis for English speaking pilgrims....we try to make everybody
go deeper in the theme 'Go and make disciples among all nations'. So what we try to
do in 3 mornings is to explain how to be a real disciple, or a real missioner for
Jesus Christ......we don't want only pilgrims that just go to the big venues, but
we want pilgrims that are aware of their mission and responsibility after World Youth
Day....they'll be sent by Pope Francis back to their countries to make new disciples
and catechesis is the secret....
We have one place for people who asked us
- with wheelchairs especially....we expect 160 people, with the volunteers who help
them to move...we have a place in the north of the citywhere we'll have simultaneous
translation in five languages for them...."