D. Edward J. Burns, Bishop of Dallas, sent a letter to Bishop Américo Aguiar to thank him, on behalf of the North American Bishops, for organising World Youth Day (WYD) Lisbon 2023 and for the way in which the young people from the United States of America (USA) were received in Portugal.
Read the full letter here:
"'Obrigado not only conveys a sense of gratitude
for what we have received but also the desire to give in return.' –
Pope Francis, Angelus Message, August 6, 2023
we return from World Youth Day enlivened with joy from the many encounters with
Christ and the young people in Lisbon, on behalf of the bishops of the United
States, I express my greatest gratitude to you for your leadership of World
Youth Day 2023 and, along with Cardinal Emeritus Clemente, for your warm
hospitality to the Patriarchate of Lisbon. Your great work in leading the WYD
efforts made the experience in Lisbon a most memorable one!
was encouraging to witness the presence and support of the of the Church in
Portugal during this key moment in the life of the universal Church. Your
presence and generous spirit have helped to ensure that this year’s WYD will
continue to live up to the dream of its patron and founder, St. John Paul II.
know of my own prayers for you as you – like me – continue to unpack the many
graces which God has bestowed on us and our pilgrims, as well as the fruits
that WYD offers the worldwide Catholic community. May this rejuvenation of
faith be a blessing for your country and for the Church’s pastoral ministries
with youth and young adults around the globe.
With continued prayers, in unity
with the Holy Father, the successor of St. Peter, for you and for young people
around the world, I remain
Fraternally yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Edward J. Burns
Bishop of Dallas
Episcopal Liaison for World Youth Day"