Sant’Egidio in Barcelona ‘More youth, more peace’

BARCELONA - From August 25 to 27, young people from all over Europe will meet in Barcelona, the city rocked by the recent attack, for an international meeting. They will gather together to say “yes” to eace and solidarity and "no" to terror and divisions that undermine the coexistence and the future of the continent, and place flowers on the scene of the attack.

 Previous years have seen the International Youth Meeting for European Peace in Assisi, Kraków, Rome, Berlin, Antwerp and Paris. This year’s seventh edition will provide three days of meetings, reflections, exchanges , visits and friendship, based on the theme "More Youth, More Peace”. It will include hundreds of high school and university students along with some representatives of the movement from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

 These young people engage themselves throughout the year helping those in need - from "Schools of Peace" for children in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods, to visits to the elderly, homeless people and refugees. They believe that solidarity is the basis for building peace. The Barcelona meeting will be a space for expressing this vision of peace. It is a call for peace, with numerous initiatives such as: 

 Friday, August 25, at 6 p.m., on Las Ramblas (at the junction between Las Ramblas and Carre Hospital), participants at the end of a march will leave flowers in memory of the victims of the bombings in Barcelona and Cambrils and will read the Peace Manifesto.

 Saturday, 26 August, they will be part of Barcelona’s great demonstration against terrorism and for coexistence along with the President of the Community of Sant'Egidio, Marco Impagliazzo.