ROPE PAUL opened Holy 1Week on Sunday by advising modern youth to live with more moderation. In an apparent reference to Milan's teenage "sex survey" he said modern youth had no respect for values and was becoming anarchical.
Speaking especially to the heads of 12 Catholic youth organisations in St. Peter's the Pope said the Passion has particular significance for Youth. "We can guess what you are thinking . . . that 'we are the bosses, it is we who make the decisions'."
He warned them of the dangers of becoming cynical and superficial. Although he did not specifically mention the Milan students he referred to them by saying that young people "believe themselves authorised to pronounce themselves about everything, even matters which they do not know and cannot appreciate, thus arousing perplexity and embarrassment for parents and school authorities".
21 CARDINALS At this Palm Sunday service the Pope was joined by 21 Cardinals, hundreds of prelates and more than a thousand Roman youths in a march to the main altar of St. Peter's. The march symbolised the new generation's closeness to the Church.
Yesterday (Holy Thursday) Pope Paul officiated at Mass in the Papal chapel of St. John's Basilica in Lateran and washed the feet of 12 faithful — a traditional ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture to the Apostles at the Last Supper.
Today (Good Friday) he officiates at the liturgy in St. Mary Major's Basilica at 5 p.m., then joins the "Way of the Cross" procession to the Colosseum.
Tomorrow he will attend an Easter Eve Papal Chapter in St. Peter's, and on Easter Sunday will say Mass in a suburban parish church In Rome at 8 a.m. Then at 11.15 a.m. he will attend an open air Mass on the steps of St. Peter's after which he will deliver his Easter message to the world.
• This week a record number of Christians poured into Jerusalem for the Holy Week ceremonies which include the Way of the Cross through the streets of the walled city. Jordanian police are keeping a close watch inside the ancient church of the Holy Sepulchre where five Christian bodies—Catholic, Coptic, Greek, Armenian and Syrian Orthodox jealously guard their centuries old privileges.