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CBCP to release registration guidelines for WYD 2013 by August
MANILA, July 22, 2012—Exactly a year before the next World Youth Day (WYD) takes place in Brazil, organizers are yet to come up with the official registration guidelines for young people who want to fly to Rio de Janeiro to participate in the global youth event.
This explains why the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth has not yet issued the primer it customarily releases to brief interested attendees about the details of the upcoming WYD and the physical, spiritual and financial requirements that attending it entails.
CBCP ECY executive secretary Fr. Conegundo Garganta said the delay in the release of the WYD primer is “primarily due to another delay, that of information on registration from the Brazilian organizers.”
Garganta said the CBCP ECY is targeting to release the primer by August.
For his part, CBCP ECY chairman and Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon encouraged interested Filipinos to participate in the WYD 2013 to start soliciting for funds to finance their WYD pilgrimage.
“Although the WYD host country have yet to disclose the financial requirement of the event, it is prudent to start soliciting early,” he said.
The prelate also reminded would-be WYD participants to seriously study the primer and undertake personal preparations that the primer advises.
Baylon also invited individuals, schools, organizations and dioceses to join the delegation that the CBCP ECY is organizing for the WYD 2013. The CBCP ECY delegation is considered as the official Philippine delegation by the WYD 2013 organizers.
“There are many perks in joining the ECY delegation, including the facilitation of visa application and accommodation in the host country. For the Days in the Diocese, we are already working to get a diocese that is near Rio de Janeiro so that travel to the host city won’t take too long,” he said.
Baylon added that being a part of the national delegation is an advantage.
“We us celebrate the WYD experience as a national delegation. If we are together, we can share our experiences and get in touch with each other more easily,” he added.
In 2011, the CBCP ECY delegation has led a total of 422 Filipino pilgrims to the WYD in Madrid, Spain. The delegates represent 39 groups that are identified with Catholic schools, parish-based youth organizations, diocesan youth groups, and national youth organizations. (YouthPinoy)