New Chief Organizer for World Youth Day

VATICAN, Mar. 29, 01 ( - Father Francis Kohn, a French priest who has been the chaplain for the basilica of Paray-le-Monial, and a member of the Emmanuel community, has been named as the new head of the youth section for the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Father Kohn succeeds Msgr. Renato Boccardo in the position. His main responsibility will be the organization of World Youth Day events. The next celebration of World Youth Day will take place in Toronto, Canada, from July 23- 28, 2002.

The newly appointed official will be expected to take up his new responsibilities quickly. On Palm Sunday, he will participate in the Vatican ceremony in which the Cross symbolic of the World Youth Day ceremony will be transferred from an Italian contingent-- representing the hosts of the ceremonies in Rome in 2000-- to Canadian representatives.

29. mars 2001