Pope Francis tells pilgrims to listen to God as Tasmanians prepare for Panama

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Pope Francis tells pilgrims to listen to God as Tasmanians prepare for Panama

Pope Francis’ message for those attending World Youth Day challenges them to speak directly to God about His plan for their life, and to listen to his answer, according to Vatican News.

In a video message, Pope Francis tells the young pilgrims to ask God, “What do you want from me?” – and allow Him to answer.

World Youth Day, held every few years in a different city around the world, will be held in January in Panama.

Tasmania’s World Youth Day pilgrims have been busy preparing with evening sessions in Hobart and a weekend retreat held at the Emmanuel Conference and Retreat Centre in Launceston.

Director of Youth Evangelisation for the Archdiocese of Hobart Tomasz Juszczak, says that the main focus of the sessions has been to get ready spiritually for the pilgrimage, and that the sessions are already bringing the group closer together.

“I’ve already seen that our group has been getting this beautiful fellowship happening,” he said.

“I’ve had some people speak to me about how already they’ve become more open to the faith; that they’ve grown in different parts of their faith.”

The final preparation session involved a talk by Tasmanian pilgrim-adventurer Sam Clear who will share how to be open to the gifts that God wants to give during the pilgrimage.

“What I’m excited about, is for them to receive a fire for the faith,” Mr Juszczak said.

“With a greater openness to the graces that God wants to give, I think He wants to set a fire in everyone’s hearts.”

The Tasmanian pilgrims will leave Tasmania in mid-January and spend the first leg of their journey in Costa Rica, where they will live with locals and experience the faith in the context of the Costa Rican culture, before travelling on to World Youth Day in Panama.