|Vatican||OVER ONE MILLION EXPECTED IN ROME FOR JUBILEE'S 'PREMIER EVENT'|
A press conference on Monday released details of the 15th World Youth Day, which will take place in Rome from 14-20 August.
With over one million young people expected in Rome during that period, World Youth Day is considered the premier event of the Jubilee Year 2000.
Cardinal James Francis Stafford, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, which organises the celebrations, reviewed the history of World Youth Days. He underlined that this year is "the Jubilee anniversary" of World Youth Days because this initiative of Pope John Paul's was born during the Holy Year of the Redemption in 1984 and culminates now in another Jubilee Year.
He recalled that the participation of young people in the first such day was "massive and enthusiastic. ... World Youth Days, an expression of the special charism that John Paul II has in communicating with young people, soon revealed themselves to be one of the 'prophetic choices' of his pontificate."
The youth will be lodged in public buildings, public and private schools, parishes, universities, religious institutes, welcome centers and with private families. An estimated 15,000 will sleep in tents. Twenty-five thousand will act as volunteers. The cardinal added that 1.5 million letters were sent to families in the diocese of Rome, asking them to welcome young people into their homes in August.