VATICAN CITY, MAR 10, 2006 (VIS) - In the Paul VI Hall tomorrow, Saturday March 11, the Holy Father will preside at an evening vigil of Marian prayer with 7,000 university students. The students have come to Rome to participate in the fourth European Day for Universities which has as its theme: "Christian humanism, the path of a new cooperation between Europe and Africa."
The Day is being promoted by the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) and the vicariate of Rome's office for pastoral care in universities.
The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. with the entrance of the university students' cross. Then, following the presentation of the European and African delegations, there will be satellite linkups with university students in Madrid, Spain, Nairobi, Kenya, and Dublin, Ireland.
With the arrival of the Pope, scheduled for 6 p.m., the recitation of the holy rosary will begin, with the contemplation of the Glorious Mysteries. In further linkups local ordinaries - cardinals and bishops - will recite brief introductory prayers to each of the Mysteries: Cardinal Friedrich Wetter, archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany; Archbishop Anthony John Valentine Obinna of Owerri, Nigeria; Bishop Bernard Genoud of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg, Switzerland; Cardinal Bernard Agre, archbishop of Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of the archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow, Russia; and Bishop Gheorghi Ivanov Jovcev of Sofia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
After the rosary, Benedict XVI will address some words to the participants before distributing copies of his first Encyclical "Deus caritas est" to ten student representatives and imparting his apostolic blessing. In keeping with tradition, the Day will conclude with the pilgrimage of the cross from the Paul VI Hall to the Church of St. Agnes in Rome's Piazza Navona.
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