Richmond Times-Dispatch

Pope cheers plans for Lisbon youth jamboree set for 2023

- — Fromwire reports

VATICAN CITY— With no papal travels abroad this year due to the pandemic, Pope Francis is cheering efforts for a youth jamboree, traditiona­lly attended by pontiffs, in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2023.

Francis on Sunday presided over a handover ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica involving young people gearing up for the next World Youth Day.

When Francis attended the last one in Panama in 2019, organizers announced that the next would be held in Lisbon in 2022. But pandemic concerns postponed the event to August 2023.

Francis applauded after youths from Panama symbolical­ly slid across the basilica’s floor a towering cross to counterpar­ts from Portugal.

“This is an important step in the pilgrimage that will lead us to Lisbon in 2023,” the pope said.

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