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      Belém brushes off any malaise with church




      over World Youth Day announcement



      Belém Palace, the Portuguese President’s official residence, has denied any discomfort between itself and the Catholic
      Church after it was prematurely announced that the 2022 World Youth Day would take place in Portugal.

                                                                                              in Belém dashed that version of  have to be communicated to
                                                                                              events, adding that even      Parliament”.
                                                                                              President Marcelo Rebelo de   However, according to other
                                                                                              Sousa had been taken by       reports, the Patriarch of Lisbon
                                                                                              surprised with the untimely   is already working on
                                                                                              announcement.                 preparations to organise the
                                                                                              “This is a matter that lies   event.
                                                                                              exclusively within the sphere of  The location has also reportedly
                                                                                              the Catholic Church”, a Belém  already been chosen, and will
                                                                                              source was quoted as saying by  allegedly be within Lisbon.
                                                                                              newspaper  Público.           The other candidates to host
                                                                                              The spokesman of the          World Youth Day 2022 were the
                                                                                              Portuguese Bishops’           Czech Republic and Sweden,
                                                                                              Conference, Manuel Barbosa,   with the event alternating
                                                                                              also told Público that it is the  between Europe and the Rest
                                                                                              “Pope who announces” the      of the World.
                                                                                              country that receives the     Religionline states that an
                                                                                              conference.                   official announcement will be
                                                                                              He added, “of course we would  made in Panama at the next
                                                                                              all like him to come here. But  WYD, which the Cardinal
                                                                                              we have to wait and see.”     Patriarch of Lisbon, Manuel
                                                                                              World Youth Day (WYD) is an   Clemente, and other
                                                                                              event for young Christians,   Portuguese bishops will attend,
                                                                                              celebrated in dioceses around  to receive the passage of
                                                                                              the world on Palm Sunday,     testimony of the Pope and the
                                                                                              organised by the Catholic     Bishop of Panama City.
                                                                                              Church and initiated by Pope  The cardinal-patriarch of
                                                                                              John Paul II in 1985.         Lisbon officialised the request
                                                                                              The next World Youth Day 2019,  to host the WYD at the end of
                                                                                              will be held in Panama, from 22  2017, and since 2012, in
                                                                                              to 27 January.                several meetings of the
                                                                                              Prior to this weekend’s untimely  Pontifical Council for the Laity
      Young Christians exchange the Cross of the World Youth Day during the handover ceremony at the end of
      Young Christians exchange the Cross of the World Youth Day during the handover ceremony at the end of
      Young Christians exchange the Cross of the World Youth Day during the handover ceremony at the end of  announcement, newspaper  (CPL) of the Vatican, the
      Young Christians exchange the Cross of the World Youth Day during the handover ceremony at the end of
      Young Christians exchange the Cross of the World Youth Day during the handover ceremony at the end of
      a Palm Sunday mass in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City,  on 9 April 2017. The handing over of the cross
      a Palm Sunday mass in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City,  on 9 April 2017. The handing over of the cross
      a Palm Sunday mass in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City,  on 9 April 2017. The handing over of the cross
      a Palm Sunday mass in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City,  on 9 April 2017. The handing over of the cross
      a Palm Sunday mass in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City,  on 9 April 2017. The handing over of the cross
      symbolises the location of the next host city for the event. (Photo: EPA/Claudio Peri)
      symbolises the location of the next host city for the event. (Photo: EPA/Claudio Peri)
      symbolises the location of the next host city for the event. (Photo: EPA/Claudio Peri)
      symbolises the location of the next host city for the event. (Photo: EPA/Claudio Peri)  Público had reported that     possibility of it coming to
      symbolises the location of the next host city for the event. (Photo: EPA/Claudio Peri)
                                                                                              Portugal’s President Marcelo  Portugal has been discussed.
                                                                                              Rebelo de Sousa would be      The previous editions of World
             he announcement        presidential source may have  visit to Portugal to preside over  attending the event in Panama  Youth Day were held in
              should have been      leaked the information, and a  the gathering made Catholic  in January to bolster Portugal’s  Cologne, Germany, 2005,
              formally made by Pope  flurry of reports claiming the  Church leaders           chances of securing the event  Sydney, Australia, 2008,
      TFrancis in the New Year,     incident had caused “malaise”  “uncomfortable”, with some  following its candidacy, made in  and Madrid, in, 2011, with
      but it was revealed by religious  between the two institutions.  suspecting that the information  2017.               Pope Benedict XVI in Rio de
      site Religionline last weekend,  According to newspaper Jornal  leak had originated in the  Belém this week explained any  Janeiro in 2013 and Krakow in
      on Saturday.                  de Notícias, the early       presidency.                  possible trip by the President to  Poland, in 2016, with the
      This led to some suspicion that a  announcement of the Pope’s  Nevertheless, an official source  Panama in January would “first  current pontiff.
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