Youth 2000 is an international Catholic movement for young people, generally between the ages of 16 and 35. At this weekend-long convention, teens and adults alike share their love for Jesus through the Eucharist, adoration, and praise and worship.
Whilst specific details vary from country to country, the main focuses of Youth 2000 tend to be as follows :
- Increasing the awareness and love of Jesus in the Eucharist, through Mass and Eucharistic Adoration.
- Promoting devotion to Mary as a means of coming closer to Christ, through saying the Rosary.
- Encouraging young people to read the Bible, get to know Jesus through Scripture and also to promote understanding of and fidelity to official Church teaching.
Youth 2000's activities generally include the running of both prayer groups and weekend retreats for young people.
In 2006, members of "Youth 2000" on visit to Father Kevin Knox-Lecky of St Mary's church, Glastonbury, attacked pagans by throwing salt at them and told them they "would burn in hell". Knox-Lecky apologized and said he would not invite the group again. The police warned two women and arrested one youth on suspicion of harassment.
- Ruth Gledhill (4 November 2006). "Bad vibes in Glastonbury after Catholics against pagans". timesonline.co.uk. The Times. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
- Shaikh, Thair (2006-11-04). "Catholic marchers turn on Glastonbury pagans". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- Youth 2000 UK site
- Youth 2000 Ireland site
- Youth 2000 America site
- Youth 2000 French site
- Youth 2000 German Site