World Youth Day 1993
|Date||August 10, 1993– August 15, 1993|
|Location||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Theme||I came that they might have life, and have it to the full (Jn 10:10)|
|Organised by||Catholic Church|
|Participants||Pope John Paul II|
The World Youth Day is an event for young people organized by the Roman Catholic Church. It is celebrated every two to three years at different locations.
The theme chosen by Pope John Paul II for these days is taken from the tenth chapter of the Gospel of John (Jn 10:10): I came that they might have life, and have it to the full.
The program included a via Crucis among the host city's skyscrapers; the vigil and final Mass took place inside Cherry Creek State Park, near the city of Aurora, about fifteen miles from downtown Denver. Between half a million and one million young people from one hundred different nations participated in the various events that took place during the five calendar days of the event.
The event was criticized on the Catholic Television station EWTN. In a 1993 episode of Mother Angelica Live, Mother Angelica harshly criticized a mimed re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross at the World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado, which was attended by Pope John Paul II. Mother Angelica was particularly upset that a woman was playing Jesus. Archbishop Rembert Weakland of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee called Mother Angelica's comments "...one of the most disgraceful, un-Christian, offensive, and divisive diatribes I have ever heard". Mother Angelica responded by saying, "He didn't think a woman playing Jesus was offensive? He can go put his head in the back toilet as far as I am concerned!"
- [A success story goes around the world: the history of the World Youth Days, from wyt2005.de Filed on 11 December 2007 in the Internet Archive.]
- [Source ANSA, reported in The Revolution in a Day, Pino Vicentini, Avvenire, Friday 11 August 2000]
- Mother Angelica WYD 1993
- Archbishop Weakland calls Mother Angelica's statements 'disgraceful.' - Aug 14, 1993 telecast denouncing Catholic liberalism | National Catholic Reporter | Find Articles at BNET
- Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica: the Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve and a Network of Miracles. (pp. 243-244)
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