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St. John Paul II and Blessed Carlo Acutis named among patrons of World Youth Day 2023

Pope St. John Paul II and Blessed Carlo Acutis will be among the patrons of World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon.

Cardinal Manuel Clemente, the Patriarch of Lisbon, unveiled the new patrons on May 18, the anniversary of the Polish pope’s birth.

The 73-year-old cardinal said that the Virgin Mary would be the “patroness par excellence” of the world’s largest gathering of Catholic young people, taking place in the Portuguese capital on Aug. 1-6, 2023.

Other patrons include St. John BoscoSt. Vincent of SaragossaSt. Anthony of PaduaSt. Bartholomew of Braga, and St. John de Brito.

The remaining patrons are Blessed Joanna of PortugalBlessed João FernandesBlessed Maria Clara of the Child JesusBlessed Pier Giorgio FrassatiBlessed Marcel Callo, and Blessed Chiara Badano.

Clemente said: “Each in their own time, the patrons of WYD Lisbon 2023 have shown that the life of Christ fills and saves young people of all times. We count on them, we leave with them.”

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