New logo and website unveiled to strengthen service to international youth ministry
Thirty years after its establishment in our Dicastery, the John Paul II Foundation for Youth celebrated its anniversary, during a meeting in the Vatican, by presenting its activities and new projects for young people around the world.
To talk about the history, activity and mission of the Foundation, at the opening of the event presented by host Lorena Bianchetti, was Linda Ghisoni, undersecretary for the lay faithful of the Dicastery, explaining that in recent years “the mission of the foundation has not changed: to promote the evangelization of young people and support youth ministry in all its areas”. Supporting the Foundation, he reiterated, ‘means investing in young people, who are a source of hope even in these war-torn days’. Undersecretary Ghisoni recalled what John Paul II replied to those who called him “inventor” of the World Youth Day (WYD): “No, it was the young people themselves who created them, and they have become a great testimony that young people give of their commitment, and a powerful means of evangelization. In them there is a great potential for good and a lot of creativity.”
According to the head of the Dicastery’s Youth Office, Father João Chagas, “World Youth Day produces a network of generative friendships (and), beautiful and fruitful initiatives. This, together with volunteering, is the most beautiful legacy of WYD, and the John Paul II Youth Foundation is its guardian.”
Pamela Fabiano, a member of the Foundation, and official of the Dicastery, presented the logo and the website of the Foundation, www.fondazionegiovani.va, with the section dedicated to collecting the stories of all the World Youth Days, from its first celebration in Buenos Aires 1978, to recent celebrations, in Italian, English, and Spanish, and soon, also in French and Portuguese. “An archive like this was missing,” she underlined, “and it is also a way to connect those who have met on World Youth Days”.
President Daniele Bruno underlined the importance of the conferences on the Care of Creation, the next of which will be held in Lisbon on the 31st of July 2023, at the Catholic University of Portugal. These conferences, which began in Rio de Janeiro in 2013, today follow in the footsteps implemented by the Holy Father Francis with the Encyclical Laudato si’.