In a vocation meeting on the Neocatechumenal Way which brought together almost 200,000 young people in Krakow, Poland, some 3,100 boys, 4,000 girls and 2,000 families showed themselves willing to enter a seminary, religious life or on mission to any place in the world .
The meeting was held on the occasion of the World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow that took place in the Polish city today and was attended by Pope Francis.
The act of the Way took place in an area of the Campus Mesericordiae, the same in which the Vigil and the closing Mass of the WYD were celebrated.
The meeting was attended by 8 cardinals and 33 bishops from various countries, including the Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz (Poland), who presided over the meeting; The Archbishop of Boston (United States), Cardinal Sean O'Malley; The Archbishop Emeritus of Madrid (Spain), Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela; among others. Several civilian authorities from Poland also attended.
The meeting was guided by the initiator of the Neocatechumenal Way, Kiko Argüello, and Fr. Mario Pezzi, worldwide responsible for this Christian initiation of adults. "We give an applause to Pope Francis, who can not imagine how he wants the Way," Argüello said at the beginning, recalling that the Pontiff received them in audience only a few weeks ago.
At the meeting there was a constant remembrance of Carmen Hernández, co-initiator of Camino who passed away on July 19 in Spain. Argüello briefly explained how they started together the Road between the poor of Madrid in the 60s, and recalled some of his most important contributions, among them, the rediscovery of the "Paschal night", that is, the celebration of Easter throughout the night.
Then a Gospel was proclaimed, and Arguello preached the Kerygma, the Good News of Christ dead and risen. "Christianity does not conquer with sword or war, it is proposed with personal testimony. The most we can say is: 'I tell you my life', "he said.
Fr. Mario Pezzi recalled the words of Pope Francis to the young people during the WYD and explained that thanks to the Second Vatican Council the Neocatechumenal Way was born, a gradual and progressive path leading to faith.
The priest asked the young people not to belittle "the gift that God has made for us to be born into a Christian family and the Neocatechumenal Way." "These days you have heard Pope Francis say that he who fulfills all the desires of our hearts is Jesus Christ, that the most important thing is to meet Jesus Christ, but there is a problem, how do we find Him?"
"In the face of the situation of society insecure and increasingly terrified by the facts that you know, God has aroused the Second Vatican Council, where there are three dogmatic constitutions that are the foundation on which grow the Church and the Christian life: the liturgy Participated, the celebration of the Word of God and the Church as the body of Christ. "
The priest also affirmed that "the Church always rejuvenates itself in each age and an example of these are the ecclesial realities born shortly before and after the Council" and invited the young people not to be afraid to say "yes" to the call of God .
Now these young people will begin a process of discernment in which catechists and priests will help them in their vocation.