On the 7th and 8th, 17th and 18th April 2010, the organizing committee for the Carmelite European Youth Pilgrimage of Hope met to finalize details for the gathering in Rome from 19th to 25th July next. The pilgrimage for young people from all Carmelite provinces in Europe has already been outlined in three previous reports of CITOC (59/2009, 120/2009, 131/2009) and also on the Order's website (for information see www.hoperome.ocarm.org). It will pave the way for the World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011.
Those taking part will reflect each day on the text of a special letter being written for the occasion by the Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm. Also, each day will have a special theme: the witness of the great figures of Carmel; the place of Carmel in the Church; the Rule; disciples following Christ and the future challenge for young people in Europe. Each theme will be linked to visits to the major basilicas, special places of Carmelite interest and towards the building up of youth Carmelite links accross the continent. Forms have been circulated to all European province coordinators and ought to be returned through the provincial leaders to the Councillor General for Europe, Fr. John Keating, O.Carm., before the 15th May 2010.