21 February 2018

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WYD: Catholics from Asia as witnesses of faith in Jesus Christ

Meetings and moments of prayer have characterised the preparation young people underwent in anticipation of World Youth Day. Special heed was paid to Benedict XVI’s message which calls on all to announce the message of salvation.

Bangkok (AsiaNews) – Various dioceses from different Asian countries are preparing the 23rd edition of World Youth Day with joint prayers, Mass, meetings to discuss the theme chosen by Benedict XVI and study groups to improve participants’ proficiency in English. The event is set to open next week in Sydney (Australia).

For participants the event represents a unique moment in which they can meet and compare themselves with young people from the five continents, further develop their knowledge and strengthen bonds of friendship, thus becoming true “witnesses of Christ” as the Pope pointed out.

Fr Anthony Saravuth, chaplain of the Catholic Commission for the Youth, will accompany 79 delegates, in representation of Thailand’s Catholic community.

“In preparing the WYD we focused on the Pope’s Apostolic Letter to better understand the meaning of the event and march in the same direction,” he said.

In describing the content of a recent seminar, he said that it was necessary “to prepare a joint programme in which the culture of the country and the WYD theme are explained” because participants come from ten dioceses across the country, each with its own traditions and customs.

A delegation of 21 youths will also travel from Bangladesh. In preparation for the event meetings were organised to further discuss Benedict XVI’s message.

“Going to Sydney is not a pleasure trip,” Sister Zita Rema, secretary to the Bangladeshi bishops' Youth Commission, told UCA News, but rather it “is a unique moment of prayer and witness of our faith in Jesus Christ. For this reason we organised orientation sessions in preparation for WYD.”

Participants are actually meeting today in their final session and will celebrate Mass before they are off to Australia.

See also

27/06/2008 INDIA
Some 500 Indian youth WYD bound
The young delegates will be accompanied by 14 bishops and 80 priests and religious. Before arriving in Sydney they will experience Australia’s Catholic life staying with host families. Indian bishops are hopeful this experience will help them contribute to their country’s development.

10/08/2005 AUSTRALIA – WYD
Mel Gibson's 'Passion' at the next World Youth Day?
The Archbishop of Sydney has asked the actor-director to re-enact the Crucifixion in various districts of his city, which will probably host of the 2008 World Youth Day.

11/01/2008 PHILIPPINES
Manila: registration for Sydney WYD begins
More than 1,300 Filipino youths have already registered for the event set for 15-20 July of this year. Episcopal Commission on Youth expects the number to rise, warns against those participating in Church life only on such occasions.

24/07/2006 THAILAND – Asian Youth Day
Young Thais, including a Buddhist, to leave for Asian Youth Day
Some 23 young Thais will attend Asian Youth Day. In view of the event, the Thai Church organised seminars to prepare them. Sessions were held on life, drugs and dialogue. But the greatest challenge seems to be society's unbridled competitiveness.

12/12/2007 WORLD YOUTH DAY
Media registration for WYD begin
Organisers expect 500,000 participants to the “largest event that Australia will host in terms of international visitors.” Benedict XVI will attend the event which is scheduled for 15-20 July 2008.

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