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Catholic Action workshop inspires laity

Laypeople in Myanmar look to play greater role in Church and help young people

Catholic Action workshop inspires laity
The participants at the first Catholic Action workshop in Yangon reporter, Yangon

June 8, 2011

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The country’s first Catholic Action workshop aims to inspire the country’s laypeople to communicate better with bishops and to work for peace and justice in the world, says Bishop Domenico Sigalini, president of the Episcopal Commission of the Laity. Bishop Sigalini, who is also the general ecclesiastical assistant of Italian Catholic Action, said “I am here to learn of the experiences of laypeople and to help young people so that they may be able to open themselves up to the universal Church and let the world know more about the Myanmar Church.” Catholic Action is the organized work of the laity performed under the direction of a bishop in areas such as dogma, liturgy, morals, charity and education. Some 44 Catholic Action members, youth leaders and youth director priests from across the country are attending the June 7-9 workshop at St.Anthony’s Church hall in Yangon. Bishop Sigalini and two representatives from International Forum of Catholic Action in Italy are the key-note speakers for the workshop which was being organized by the Episcopal Commission for Youth and Catholic Action in Loikaw diocese. “We hope that we will be able to increase the role of the laity through this workshop as Vatican II urged,” said Father Gerald Saw Dee Di Pho, director of the youth commission. During the workshop yesterday, participants discussed the spirituality of the youth and Catholic Action members, and the formation of a core group of Catholic Action at the National level in Myanmar. Paul Themoi, secretary of Catholic Action in Loikaw diocese said:  “We cannot build the Catholic Church with only bishops, priests and Religious – the laity must also be included.”
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