Young Catholics are responding. We see it in the registration figures for the World Youth Days (WYD) which will take place this summer in Portugal. Figures already higher in many dioceses than during the last pre-Covid WYD (in 2016 in Krakow and in 2019 in Panama). We can also see it in the success of the Notre-Dame de Chrétienté pilgrimage, which will link Paris to Chartres this Pentecost weekend, and whose organization had, for the first time, to close registrations eight days before the event, overtaken by its success. Success also of the Dust Festival, which will take place at the end of August, to “think and live our world from the Gospel and its revolutionary potential”, and whose registrations were closed three days after their opening. A festival whose “the idea is not to want to stick the Gospel to a political program but to hear its dimension of social justice”, explains Gabriel Amieux, one of the linchpins of the event, whose La Croix presents the journey, along with nine other young people who “move the Church”. For his part, Janvier Hongla intends, with the association Fide, “to bring together the Parisian Church and that of the suburbs” while animating maraudes among the most deprived, organizing missions of evangelization and investing in the preparation WYDs. Ecclesial commitments which illustrate the spiritual concern of a generation in touch with social and ecological questions, on the same level in society, which uses its social networks to announce Christ and does not intend to abandon the rural world. Even if it means taking this company the wrong way.
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