The World Youth Days have a lasting effect on the young people that participate from around the world. And the same is true for the host cities. In this special presentation for the ten year anniversary of WYD Toronto, former National Director and CEO of WYD Toronto, and current CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B. visits some of the memorable sites, recounts the event and shares his personal memories of Blessed John Paul II with host Sebastian Gomes.
Watch the full video of John Paul II being greeted by the Youth of the World in Exhibition Place, 2002.
Watch the entire video of John Paul II’s arrival into Toronto on July 24, 2002.
This week marks the 10th anniversary of WYD 2002 Toronto. To celebrate we’ll be taking a look back at main events of that WYD, and talking to people who participated as pilgrims or volunteers to see where they are ten years later. Above is our Perspectives Daily show for July 23, which features Fr. Thomas Rosica remembering JPII’s arrival at Exhibition Place, an interview with one of the young men who served as a portageur and worked with the International Liturgy Group. There are also scenes from the moving arrival ceremony at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Stay tuned all week for more highlights of WYD 2002 and to find out what impact that event had on young people’s lives.
Were you in Madrid this summer for World Youth Day? Were you, like so many others, in the middle of an immense sea of people unable to get the view you wanted? WYD Madrid just uploaded this video to their still-active YouTube page, a one hour look back at whole week of WYD. Titled “The Story of an Unforgettable Week”, the video includes footage from TeleMadrid and 13TV, the official broadcasters of World Youth Day Madrid. You’ll enjoy the excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI’s homilies.
Pope Benedict XVI announces the theme for the next World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2013: “Go and make disciples of all peoples” (Matthew 28:19).
Rafa Rubio (Spain) – Prior to becoming the director of the Department of Communication of World Youth Day, he was responsible for the social networks of WYD. He is a father of three daughters and is passionate about communication in the Internet age. @rafarubio
Sr. Kristen Gardner (USA) - Sr. Kristen is a young religious of the Siervas del Hogar de la Madre community, and is the webmaster of the WYD website, madrid11.com, in collaboration with volunteers from all over the world.
Fr. Roderick Vonhogen (The Netherlands) - The initiation of Fr. Roderick into new media of communication began while he was reporting from St. Peter’s Basilica following the death of Blessed John Paul II, and then from the conclave that elected John Paul II’s successor, Pope Benedict XVI. He is the founder and executive director of what is currently Star Quest Production Network, which specializes in the production of audio and video programs faithful to the teachings of the Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Roman Catholic Church. @FatherRoderick
Jo-Anne Rowney (UK) - She currently works in the Press Office of the Diocese of Westminster to promote social communication media in the diocese, and works on social strategy for media, researching for ways to participate and to develop manners in which the Church uses social communication media. @JoAnneRowney