From 16 to 19 October, all the teams of the Local Organising Committee (COL) of WYD Lisbon 2023, led by Dom Américo Aguiar, President of the WYD Lisbon 2023 Foundation, the heads of youth ministry of the Bishops’ Conferences from all over the world, as well as ecclesial movements and religious congregations, met in Fatima (Portugal) to prepare WYD Lisbon 2023, which will take place in Portugal from 1 to 6 August 2023. Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, was present, as was Archbishop Manuel Clemente, Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon.
The meeting, promoted by the local organising committee and the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, was attended by some 280 people from 180 countries. The aim was to take stock of pastoral, liturgical and logistical work and to prepare together for the next World Youth Day.
The Foundation was also present and participated in the work with its President, Daniele Bruno, and Vice-President, presenting to the Assembly the work done by the Foundation, the Conferences on Care for Creation and this website.
The representatives of the Foundation also had a meeting in Lisbon with the Rector of the Catholic University of Portugal (and President of the International Federation of Catholic Universities), Professor Isabel Capeloa Gil, who expressed the University’s willingness to host the next Conference on Care for Creation on 31 July 2023, as part of the XXXVIII World Youth Day.
On the last day of the meeting, participants also had the opportunity to take a tour of Lisbon and visit the Tejo Park, where the central events of WYD will take place.