A friend of the youth, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, sent a message at the beginning of the Youth Festival 2015. The Cardinal sent this message from California, where he is at the moment participating in one big conference. The message is as follows:
«Dear young people, who gathered in Medjugorje again in the great numbers! I am with you intensively united in the heart and in the prayer in the last few days. Today we are celebrating the memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He had only one desire: to completely place himself at God’s disposal for spreading of His Kingdom! That readiness brought so many great fruits. Finally, we have our dear Holy Father Francis, the first pope from the Jesuit order. Let us entrust him and his service to Gospa! Jesus tells us what St. Ignatius was doing: Here I am! In the communion with You I would like to go in my life! May Lord bless you and your days that you will spend here with Him and His Mother in Medjugorje! Please pray for Synod on the Family!
Yours Christoph Cardinal Schönborn!»