[JMJ 97 - Le Cyberjournal]


IT was a calm day today with no large assembly on the agenda. WYD travellers were once more spread over the greater Paris area for catechesis and the Youth Festival, encounters of a more explicitly spiritual nature. The major event of the day took place in Notre-Dame Cathedral, where one of the most important messages of these WYD was proclaimed when John Paul II pronounced the beatification of Frédéric Ozanam, a young 19th-century layman, a university figure who cared about truth, an exemplary husband and father and a forerunner of the social doctrine of the Church. After the beatification celebration, the Pope paid a visit to the only cathedral to be built in France this century, in the suburban town of Evry. Ozanam and Evry: two impressive testimonies. Two appeals in favor of the Church's presence and involvement in the modern world.
For WYD travellers, this spiritual Friday, conceived in a Holy Friday mode, was also a day of retreat and private meditation, a prelude to the great rendez-vous at Longchamp where the party is to echo the joy of Easter Sunday.