Pope John Paul has observed his sixtieth birthday by celebrating an outdoor Mass for fifty thousand students at St.
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Background: Pope John Paul has observed his sixtieth birthday by celebrating an outdoor Mass for fifty thousand students at St. Peter's Square in Rome. His birthday on Sunday (18 May) coincided with an international festival organised by a worldwide Roman Catholic youth organisation.
SYNOPSIS: The fifty thousand young people first gathered for a rally in Rome's Flaminio Stadium. They have been taking part in the fourth "Genfeast"--a celebration by Roman Catholic youth from many nations. Dressed in traditional national costumes, the students began the day's festivities by singing and dancing.
The theme of this year's "Genfeast" was "A United World"--something Pope John Paul has emphasised during his travels. A week ago, he returned from a six-nation African tour.
After the rally, a fleet of eight hundred buses was used to take the young people from the stadium to S. Peter's Square.
The Polish contingent was the most vacal as thousands waited for the Pope to appear for the outside Mass. the Polish-born pontiff changed the usual time of Sunday Mass so he could celebrate his birthday with the young people.
The Pope told them to work for a united world, and he warned that they must resist all ideologies based on materialism. It is more than eighteen months since the former Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Krakow was installed a supreme pastor of the world's 700 million Catholics. He has emerged as a vigorous, confident and extremely popular pontiff. But he has also appeared to be cautious--opposing progressives who want innovations in the church.