National Catholic Youth Convention underway
Oct. 9, 2013
A huge number of Catholic youths from across India are making their presence felt in the city of Jalandhar, Punjab for the ongoing IX National Youth Convention from October 8-12, 2013. Seven Catholic youth leaders from Nagaland, led by Nagaland Catholic Youth Movement (NCYM) President Teisovi Gerard Meyase and Youth Director Rev. Fr Sojan Xavier are also attending the convention, which is being organised by the India Catholic Youth Movement, CBCI Office for Youth, New Delhi. The opening of the Convention was marked by an inaugural Mass by His Eminence Telesphore P. Cardinal Toppo and several other Bishops and Arch Bishops. In his sermon, His Eminence Telesphore P. Cardinal Toppo, stressed on the theme of the convention ‘Transformed by Faith, Transforming the World’, where he said that, there are so many things happening around us and therefore youth of today should contribute to the world.
Further quoting Pope Francis, “Let Jesus conquer your heart, go out proclaiming the word’, he said, proclamation is best heard when shown in our way of living. ‘It is Jesus who gathered us all here and we all need to look back at our life and try to move closer to Jesus. We should realise that ‘what Jesus is telling us’. Today, we call ‘India Shining’ where there are huge difference between rich and poor, high and low, clean and unclean, crime against women for all these we are all responsible’. The main Inaugural convention was graced by Punjab Chief Minister, Prakash Singh Badal along with host of Government dignitaries and officials and religious leaders. The chief guest in his speech, shared that this is a red letter day in his life. He said that India is a country of different religion, culture, philosophy and in spite of these difference, Unity, Communal Harmony and peace should be our aim. Nature has given India maximum, he said but added, we are still poor and questioned who is responsible for the problem of unemployment and increase in price?
“Every citizen has responsibility but youths have more challenges to uplift our country”, he emphasized and meanwhile, appreciated and acknowledged the contributions made by the Catholic Church either in the field of education and health care which is immense and important in life. ‘Today, the Catholic missionaries have reached even many of the remotes villages of Punjab’, he also said while asking the church to pray for Peace, Harmony and Unity in Punjab. It may be mentioned here that the National Youth convention takes place every two years. The last NYC was held in North East Region- Shillong which saw over 1 lakh participants.
Source: The Morung Express
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