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First 'youth apostle' gathering held in Daegu, South Korea

1,200 Sunday school students from 89 parishes share experiences of their faith with each other

First 'youth apostle' gathering held in Daegu, South Korea

Participants at the Daegu Archdiocese Youth Apostle Gathering Nov. 18-19 celebrate after the closing Mass. More than 1,200 Sunday school students took part in the event. (photo courtesy The Catholic Times)

ucanews.com reporter, Seoul
South Korea

November 24, 2017

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South Korea's southeastern Daegu Archdiocese has held its first gathering for 1,200 Sunday school students, or 'youth apostles', to share experiences about their faith lives.

The archdiocese declared the "Year of Youth" following the issuing of a pastoral letter from Archbishop Thaddeus Cho Hwan-kil called Young apostles of Christ.

The Youth Ministry of the archdiocese held the Youth Apostle Gathering Nov. 18-19 at the archdiocesan office in Daegu, where students from 89 parishes joined in. The event was organized after youth leaders of parish Sunday schools shared their opinions.

Activities included theatrical plays, flea markets and street busking.

A musical Apostle Peter, composed for The Catholic Times, was also performed as part of the weekly newspaper's 90th anniversary celebrations.

Auxiliary Bishop John Bosco Chang Shin-ho of Daegu presided over the closing Mass on Nov. 19. In his homily, Bishop Chang said, "Youth today should share the talents and answer calls from God to be 'youth helping youth' as young apostles of Christ."

After the Mass, 229 Sunday school teachers who have given long service to the youth ministry received citations from Bishop Chang.

Youth Ministry director, Father Francis Hwang Seong-jae, said a second such gathering will be planned and organized by youth leaders. "Our archdiocese will help the youth recognize themselves as apostles and lead the youth ministry," he said.

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