Seventeen Catholic youths and four priests from Myanmar left Yangon July 18 to take part in the World Youth Day celebrations to be held in Poland July 25-31. "The young people will have the opportunity to exchange cultural and spiritual experiences which they can learn from and apply in the their respective dioceses when they return," said Bishop Francis Daw Tan, chairman of the Myanmar Catholic bishops' Office for Youth. Bishop Daw Tan said he told the delegation to pray during the World Youth Day celebrations for "peace and that the rule of law prevails" in Myanmar. Father Joseph Saw Eh Khaw Htoo, director of the Office for Youth, is leading the delegation which, before leaving, had a four-day spiritual preparation program. Some 2.5 million young people from around the world are expected to attend the gathering in Krakow, the childhood home of St. Pope John Paul II who initiated the gathering in 1985.
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