Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 7:15 p.m.
Despite a lack of public transport due to social movements, more than 1,200 young people from all over Ile-de-France were gathered around Cardinal André Vingt-Trois for this traditional Student Mass.
Bishop André Vingt-Trois celebrated this Mass for Students, which marked the beginning of the university year for young Catholics in the Paris region. For the Archbishop of Paris, this Mass is a special opportunity to speak to the young people of Ile-de-France. For students, it is an opportunity to pray, to entrust their year to God and to share a special moment.
This year, the focus was on the mission that students have to develop within their schools, institutes and universities. Cardinal Twenty-Three invited young people to show generosity, to get involved in the representative structures of their universities and to transform the world by taking their share of responsibility.
You can consult the homily of Bishop Twenty-Three By clicking here.
At the end of the ceremony, the students gathered around a few snacks during which they were able to meet the various university chaplaincies of Ile-de-France around different stands.
Organized every year, the student mass is prepared and moderated by a team of students and chaplains of the Catholic student mission of Ile-de-France (M.E.C.I.) which brings together all the French student chaplainies.