26/07/2012 14:28

Vocational Fair to challenge Youth at World Youth 2013 in Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, JULY 24, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Registration has been opened till the end of August for Congregations, Movements and Religious Communities to have a place in the Vocational Fair at World Youth Day (WYD) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Fair, which will be set up in one of Rio’s best tourist spots, Sugar Loaf Mountain, will include 80 individual stands and 20 joint display posts. The event is seen as an opportunity for youth to discern their vocation.

“When the young people enter the neighborhood, they will immediately see banners for the Vocational Fair with messages from saints, so that they can begin right then to discern, or to question themselves concerning their vocations. In this space we will have a stage for concerts, sermons, moments of prayer and a place to eat,” explained Deacon Arnaldo Rodrigues, one of those responsible for the Pastoral Preparation for WYD 2013.

There will also be tents for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Tents will be set up for Masses, and for use as confessionals.

One point that Rodrigues stressed was that the Fair is not just for the sake of satisfying the young people's curiosity, but a key event in the WYD – one moment for each pilgrim to begin to discern what is his or her vocation.

“The congregations, diocesan seminaries, and faith communities will pray with the pilgrims. Each will not only demonstrate its particular charism, but will also give young people a moment to encounter the Lord,” he said.

The choice of those registered will be in keeping with the following criteria: active presence of the candidate in Brazil, active presence in other countries, and classification of the Institution in the Code of Canon Law.

Movements that do not have papal or diocesan recognition can also register, but they will only be chosen after the selection of the canonically regularized entities.

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