|Vatican||VATICAN, ROME QUIET AFTER YOUTH DAY EXCITEMENT|
In the days following the conclusion of the memorable World Youth Day celebration, the Vatican has paused to catch its breath.|
Many Vatican offices have been closed, with officials who had worked overtime through the weekend taking time for some belated rest. Reporters devoted their attention to retrospective analysis of the week-long youth pilgrimage. Even shopkeepers were inclined to take a day off. Many of the two million young people who had overwhelmed the city -- prompting Pope John Paul II to compare them to a conquering army -- were gone, and the Roman residents who had left town to avoid the crush of traffic had not yet returned.
The one event that has taken place has involved 70,000 young people involved in the Neo-Catechumenical Movement. On Monday afternoon in the Circus Maximus, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope's vicar general for the diocese of Rome, presided at a Mass for the young men and women present in Rome. A vocational meeting was then held, in which Cardinal Christoph Schonborn O.P., archbishop of Vienna, Austria, took part along with 50 bishops from various countries and the founders of the Neocatechumenal movement.
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|24 Aug 00|