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More than 5,000 scouts will meet the pope next weekend

About 5,000 scouts from Europe are coming to Rome. They will be here from July 27 to August 3 to celebrate the international “Euromoot” meeting. It will surely have a positive ending, since the group will meet with the pope.

It is not the first time that Pope Francis meets with scouts. In 2015, he received about 80,000 Scouts in St. Peter's Square.

"In particular, you offer an important contribution to families in their mission to educate children and young people."

This time the intense heat is forcing the meeting to be in the Paul VI Audience Hall.

Attendees can participate in Mass in St. Peter's Basilica celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco.

Young scouts from 20 European nations are participating in "Euromoot," and delegations from Canada, the United States and Latin America have also been invited.

Starting on July 27, they will follow historical routes, such as that of St. Francis of Assisi and the path of St. Benedict.

With their special spirit of service, they will share the efforts of their journey in a spirit of fraternity.