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Karnataka, thousands of young people 'walk with Christ ' to celebrate the Year of Faith

Nov. 20, 2013

"Let yourselves be gripped by the spirit of faith, to continue to spread the message of Jesus in everyday life” is the invitation launched by Mgr. Aloysius Paul D' Souza , Bishop of Mangalore (Karnataka) , to more than 5 thousand young people who participated in the pilgrimage " Walking with Christ." The event took place on November 17 last, during the celebrations of the Year of Faith: the young people started out from the church of Milagres , walking to the cathedral of the Rosary. Immediately after, they attended Mass together.

The young people belong to five different local Catholic organizations : The Indian Catholic Youth Movement (Icym), the Young Christian Students (Ycs), the All India Catholic University Federation (Aicuf), the Jesus Youth and Youth United to Christ. Starting the pilgrimage, the bishop waved the flags of associations. Along the way, the young people carried a series of banners written by them:” Come on ... we live for each other",” Forgive and forget ", “build a peaceful society ", “Say no to corruption.”

On November 24 the Year of Faith proclaimed by Benedict XVI will conclude. For the occasion, the diocese of Mangalore is planning a three day event, alternating moments of prayer, worship and liturgy. The local Church expects more than 25 thousand faithful to participate.


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