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Youths urged to commit to Church and society

March 31 2010

LOIKAW, Myanmar (UCAN) -- Young people who attended a three-day youth gathering in Loikaw diocese said the program has energized them and given them inspiration to serve others.

"I am now more motivated and more able to witness Christ to others," said Mg Lulue, 20, from Demoso parish.

He said he would share what he had learnt at the gathering with other youths in his parish.

Another participant, Peter, 20, said he is glad for the experience and the friends he had made.

The young people were speaking to UCA News after the March 25-28 World Youth Day program organized by the diocese. The event, which had the theme, Good teacher, what must I do to receive eternal life? (Mk 10:17), attracted 1,300 young people from 35 parishes.

Auxiliary Bishop Stephen Tjephe told the young people during a Mass that "nowadays, commitment is necessary in Church and society, so youths must dedicate themselves to the Church, for the future and for the country."

Priests and nuns also provide faith formation during the program.

Organizers had modeled some parts of the program on the last Asian Youth Day held in the Philippines in November.

This year, the annual Church-organized World Youth Day was celebrated at diocesan level  around the world  on Palm Sunday, March 28.


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