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United Kingdom: Flame 2019, 8,000 young Catholics expected at Wembley to pray, sing, exchange views

Over 8,000 young people are expected to flock to Wembley Arena tomorrow, 2 March, to attend “Flame2019”, the event aimed at young British Catholics taking place every two years. It is organised by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFED), a network bringing together dioceses, movements and organisations working with young people. The programme of the “biggest Catholic youth event in England and Wales” will feature art, music, testimonies and prayers. The theme is: “Significance”. “We are in a world where it’s easy to feel constrained to measure self-esteem in Twitter and Instagram ‘likes’, responses to Facebook status updates, and Snapchat conversations”, the organisers explained. “We hope that Flame 2019 offers a fresh depth of perspective for young people, centred in their creation in the image and likeness of God”. The event will start with the creation by participants of a large artwork, followed by music and an opening liturgy. The theme of the event will be introduced by a video from Jean Vanier and by some testimonies, including that of Emma Borquaie, the founder of the blog “Girl Got Faith” on “faith, beauty and lifestyle”, who is married to the Christian rapper Guvna B, who will sing at the event. In the afternoon, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Ireland will tell young people about the Synod that took place last October. This will be followed by music, reflections, prayer and a closing liturgy led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

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