For four days, young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France, Croatia, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria will talk about their situation and will rediscover faith in their lives by looking on Christ.
Hundreds of young people in Austria and in the neighbouring countries do not have a job and so the dispiriting lives of jobless young adults will be one of the main issues discussed at the workshops. High-ranking political decision-makers are expected to be present and talk with the young people about this problem. In relation to this issue, an act of solidarity will be put forward, in the course of which a vocational training project for young Kosovoars will be presented and backed.
The international youth pilgrimage will also be connected to next year's World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia. The president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, is responsible for the organisation of the World Youth Day in the Roman Curia. He will participate in the Central European youth gathering in Mariazell.
The Austrian bishops invite all young people to participate in the pilgrimage to Mariazell. To register, visit www.mariazell2007.at/jugend where further information regarding pilgrimage routes, the programme, the themes of the workshops and accommodation is available.
The youth pilgrimage is one of the highlights of Mariazell's anniversary year and it is an important event in preparation for the papal visit on September 8. All young people are also invited to join the pilgrimage on that day.