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World Youth Day – Madrid 2011


Pope John Paul II Awards

This Award was created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them.

It was launched by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland His Excellency Most Rev Dr Giuseppe Lazzarotto on 7th November 2006 in the Diocese of Derry, Ireland. It has also been taken up in the Diocese of Dromore.

The Award is aimed at young people between the ages of 16 and 18, and our Award Patron is the Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin.

Through the Pope John Paul II Award, young people in the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin will be enabled to take an active part in the life of their Church, in the life of their community and society, and also become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world. This will enable young people to engage at a deep level with Christ, whose body the Church is.

It will allow young people to understand that religion and faith are not just for learning, nor are they a list of rules, but that they are for living. It encourages and fosters involvement in Parish Life and Social Awareness among young people in this age group, and acknowledges this with the presentation of the award when the criteria are met.

For further information contact:

The Pope John Paul II Award Committee
Faith Development Services
Cathedral Parish Centre
College Street,Carlow
Tel: 059 9164 084
Fax: 059 9164 020