The event saw 164 priests and 14 bishops, along with Cardinal Wilfred Napier, attend a mass at the Durban Exhibition Centre yesterday with 3 500 young people from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.
This was linked to the church’s World Youth Day, which followers from Africa often couldn’t afford to travel to, said Father Donovan Wheatley, part of the organising committee. “They come here to have an experience of what World Youth Day would be like,” he said.
The programme includes a message from Pope Francis, religious learning, guest speakers talking about church issues and testimonies from people who attended World Youth Day.
The most recent Youth Day was attended by 2.5 million people in Krakow, Poland, last year. The next one will be in Panama in 2019.