THIRD PRESS RELEASE – EUROMOOT 2019 IS STARTING TODAY!
Euromoot 2019 is starting today on the theme “Parate Viam Domini – Prepare the way of the Lord”: thousands of young people from all over the world will be walking towards Rome where they will meet the Holy Father on August 3rd.
The Euromoot participants belong to the Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d’Europe — Fédération du Scoutisme Européen (UIGSE-FSE), recognised on 26 August 2003 by the Pontifical Council for the Laity as international private association of the faithful by pontifical law, and on 2 March 1980 by the Council of Europe, where it sits on the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations with participatory status. The movement with its about 70,000 members is present in the following 22 countries: Germany, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Romania, the United Kingdom, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Ukraine.
In a similar meeting, in 1994, the young people of the UIGSE-FSE were hosted by Saint John-Paul II in the Basilica of Saint-Peter: this event and the encouraging words of the Pope on this occasion are a spiritual treasure for the FSE. He said: “Indeed, you are called to take part with all the enthusiasm of youth in the building of a Europe of peoples so that every man should be recognised as a beloved child of God, and so that a society founded on solidarity and fraternal love may be built.”
In 2014 Eurojam took place in France, a jamboree which gathered 12,000 UIGSE-FSE teenagers, from 11 to 16. On this occasion, Pope Francis sent an exhortation message encouraging Guides and Scouts of Europe to continue comprehensive education of the person according to Christian anthropology following the scouting method; to be actors in the life of the Church; to seek the most noble and requiring virtues as foundation of life, and to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, with the testimony and the tools of scouting.
Five years later, many of these teenagers have grown. They are now at the rovering age and are taking part in Euromoot 2019. From July 27th to August 3rd, 2019, UIGSE-FSE young people between 17 and 21 years old are meeting in Italy for the Euromoot – Parate Viam Domini event, following the Synod on Youth, to live in the reflection of the Word of God, which is a strong and essential foundation for the building of their life through the scouting method:
- Way: as a place to grow, to hit the road, to be in touch with nature, to meet new people, to discover the work of God the Father, cultures and environment;
- Community: young people live in small communities (clans & fires), always with a leader and a priest; they will each copy a piece of the Gospel, recalling on the one hand the Benedictine tradition of the copyist monks, and placing on the other hand the Word of God in the heart of their journey;
- Service: even if it is a tool, service is our ultimate goal. To serve with a deep culture of respect, hospitality and work at a better world, an idea clearly inspired by the founder of scouting, Lord Robert Baden Powell.
This project is based on the desire to discover anew how to listen to Christ’s words, to discover again scouting brotherhood and the Christian roots of our Europe.
To approach Rome, the routes will go through four Italian regions: Tuscany, Umbria, Latium and Abruzzo, from July 27th to August 1st as part of a “summer route” in the scouting style. Groups of 20 to 40 people from 2 to 3 various nationalities will be on historical ways such as the Via Francigena, the Way of Saint Benedict, the Way of Saint Francis, on the tracks of great Europeans such as Saint Benedict of Nursia or Saint Catherine of Sienna to discover our European and Christian cultural heritage. Along these routes, some location points will be enriched by a programme offered by the organisers themselves, and made of services to the local population, of sharing with groups of other countries, of common liturgical celebrations and of cultural activities. We are talking about Sienna and Asciano in Tuscany, about Viterbo, Frosinone, Latina, Rieti, Bolsena, Acquapendente, Paliona, Casamari, Cassino, Collepardo, Fossanova, Soriano nel Cimino, Tivoli, Subiaco, Belmonte in Sabina in Latium, about Assisi, Bastia Umbra, Cannara, Nursia in Umbria, and in Abruzzo about the areas close to the border of Latium. All along their walk, participants will be sleeping under tents, in true scouting style, fully respecting nature, local communities and the environment.
The motto of Euromoot “Parate Viam Domini” recalls the Gospel according to Saint Mark (1:3):
“Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths”
It’s been taken up again in the logo chosen by the Euromoot participants themselves in a logo competition. The winning logo was designed by young people of Varese, Italy. It is made of the following elements: the symbol of the Scouts of Europe, i.e. the red cross with its eight points and the golden fleur de lis, the twelve stars of the European flag adopted by the Council of Europe in 1955 -illustrating the crown of the Virgin Mary-, the forked staff -the symbol of the rovers-, and the fire -the symbol of the senior guides-, and a young person on the way. To prepare the way of the Lord means for Scouts of Europe to prepare their hearts to welcome the Gospel message, and to build a society in which all members are accepted and loved.
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