TENTH ANNIVERSARY Summorum Pontificum 14.9.2007 – 14.9.2017

Juventutem thanks Pope Benedict XVI for Summorum Pontificum, as well as all the bishops and priests who made the EF Mass more widely available, and the laity who supported it for the greater glory of God and the good of souls.

Juventutem was glad to partake in the Tenth Anniversary Celebrations organised in Rome for the occasion. As part of the celebrations, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah, gave an address.

We are grateful for the encouragements of Cardinal Sarah. They correspond to our aim since our beginning. From its inception in 2004, Juventutem has worked hard to share the riches of the traditional Latin Mass and spirituality with anyone interested. From the start we took risks and initiatives to work together with fellow Catholics and with diocesan bishops, at a time when few within the Church wished it to happen, and when others did not dare to hope for it.

Ten years after Summorum Pontificum however, its implementation remains patchy and many young adults and families still have great difficulties accessing EF Mass centres. It is a blessing that many capital cities now offer provision for EF Masses. But families, young adults and single adults as well aspire to more than the Mass. They wish all sacraments and sacramentals to be available according to the EF on an a day-to-day basis, in addition to spiritual direction, adult formation and catechism.

If anyone wishes to assess the dispositions of the new generation of Catholics attracted to the Usus Antiquior, we suggest they read the Report of the Juventutem Federation after World Youth Day in Krakow last year. The Report shows that these young adults and their clergy do not see themselves as part of a ghetto – unless by ghetto one simply means the Catholic Church at large, inasmuch as she is surrounded by a hostile world to which, with motherly zeal, she endeavours to bring the light of salvation.

The young adults and professionals part of Juventutem, or simply taking part in its events, are glad to be given the opportunity to share the riches of the Roman traditions of the Church, for our own sanctification and for the conversion of the world to Christ the only Saviour.


Report of President Bertalan Kiss on WYD Conference in Rome

At the invitation of the Holy See, Bertalan Kiss – the President of the Fœderatio Internationalis Juventutem – spent much of the first week of passiontide in Rome, as a member of a conference which reviewed the lessons learned at the WYD festival in Krakow, began to plan the WYD festival in Panama, and advised ecclesiastics in preparation for 2018’s Synod of Bishops on youth and vocation.

Bertalan’s full report regarding the conference can be read in this pdf:
„From Krakow to Panama – the synod journeying with young people” – International Conference, Rome – 4 April to 9 April 2017

In order for the young adults of Juventutem to do their little part to continue to advocate around the world for the Roman Tradition of the Church, it is necessary to have the prayer and other support of young adults and not-young adults.  Please consider donating to support this year’s efforts!

Just before the most sacred of feasts, the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ began this year, the new dicastery of the Vatican for the Laity, Family, and Life organised a conference in Rome for the national delegates of episcopal conferences’ youth ministries and other various international youth associations. The Foederatio Internationalis Juventutem has also received an invitation to this event, and I took it upon myself to represent our federation. Accompanying me was the newest member of Juventutem Magyarország, and a fervent organiser of youth events in the Hungarian diocese of Vác, my friend Ervin Dér.


Populus Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage 2016

In 2017, the 6th Populus Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to the seat of Peter will take place from the 14th to the 17th of September, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.

Over the last weekend of October 2016, FIJ Treasurer Cosimo Damiano Marti was present in Rome as one of the pilgrims participating in the 5th edition of this great pilgrimage.


Cosimo has asked us to share with all of our fans these pictures from various sources.  And to commend to you Archbishop Sample’s Homily for the Feast of Christ the King.



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Populus Summorum Pontificum


Acción Litúrgica (?)


The following picture was taken during a friendly dinner on the last day of the pilgrimage.


From left to right, those pictured are Felipe Alanis Suárez (President of international Una Voce federation), Christian Marquant (Chairman of Paix Liturgique (“Liturgical Peace”)), Marco Sgroi (Chairman of the Coordinamento nazionale del Summorum Pontificum), Fr. Matthieu Raffray (Superior of the Latin American District of l’Institut du Bon Pasteur), Fr Gabriel Diaz-Patri (a researcher of the Centre International d’Etudes Liturgiques in France), Cosimo Damiano Marti, and Louis de Lestang (Vice-Chairman of Paix Liturgique).

Bishop of Worcester, MA writes to Juventutem after WYD in Cracow

“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of giving a morning of catechesis to the young adults of the Juventutem International Federation. I was quite impressed with their maturity and the quality of their attention and questions after the presentation of the catechesis. I was also delighted to be able to participate in the celebration of the Solemn Pontifical Mass offered by Bishop Schneider. I was edified by the prayerfulness of the young people in attendance. May God bless you and all the member of the Juventutem International  Federation.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Worcester” – 8th August 2016

Dublin Archbishop sends greetings to Juventutem after WYD

“Dear young friends,

I was glad to meet your group, including some Dubliners, for catechesis and Mass last week in Krakow. When I was requested by the Vatican to do so, I wondered if I would need to preach in Latin, but happily, English was sufficient!

Answering Pope Francis’ invitation, you came to Poland from various countries to learn about divine mercy, to make friends and to worship God together. I am sure that, as the Holy Father pointed out at the Vigil, you will not “confuse happiness with a sofa” but rather will “offer the best of yourselves”.

May God inspire you, through an always more personal encounter with Him Who is Love incarnate.

Signed: Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin – 1st August 2016”

Heads of Vatican Dicasteries pray for Juventutem youths

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments


Dear Father, you were kind enough to invite me to celebrate Holy Mass for the young people of “Juventutem” taking part this coming Summer in the Catholic World Youth Day in Krakow. I replied to you through my secretary saying that I was sorry not to be able to attend, owing to other commitments that did not enable me to come to Poland. I am writing to thank you for sending me this invitation and to assure you that I shall accompany this great gathering of young people with my prayers. Like John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, we must support young Christians with our pastoral care in order to lead them to Christ and to give them the opportunity of establishing a personal and intimate relationship with Him. Young people are the future of our society and of the Church.

Please accept the expression of my most cordial greetings and be assured of my prayers for all your intentions.

Robert Card. Sarah, Vatican City, 24th June 2016

Secretariat for the Economy:

Dear young Catholics of the Juventutem youth movement, I prayed for you and all the young adults gathered around Pope Francis last week in Krakow for the World Youth Day. As you know, urgent business at the Vatican prevented me from coming to Poland to deliver one of the official catecheses and to offer Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite for your group. However, I am pleased to hear that six of my fellow bishops accompanied you. As you travel to your home countries, be assured of my prayer for all WYD participants. May you all help spread God’s mercy, with conviction and joy.

Signed: George Cardinal Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, 2nd August 2016




Pictures credits: Daniel Blackman:  https://www.flickr.com/…/134575086…/albums/72157670792374721


Pictures Credit: Jeremy Chua & Issac Teng:


30 July – https://juventutem.shutterfly.com/pictures/801

29 July – https://juventutem.shutterfly.com/pictures/824

28 July – https://juventutem.shutterfly.com/pictures/1198

27 July – https://juventutem.shutterfly.com/pictures/2363

26 July – https://juventutem.shutterfly.com/pictures/3009

Days in the Diocese (Lgin) – https://juventutem.shutterfly.com/pictures/1672

500 young adults from 12 countries with 6 bishops and 20 clergy in 3 beautiful churches in historic centre of Krakow:
Juventutem give thanks for having taken part in this important Youth Pilgrimage of Mercy with the Church Universal.

Read Pope Francis speech at the Prayer Vigil here: http://www.romereports.com/2016/07/30/pope-francis-full-speech-to-the-youth-on-the-wyd-prayer-vigil