Friday, April 26, 2013

Youth Crusade in Mendi Draws Thousands

Recently, with the help of the Catholic Evangelization Ministry of the Diocese of Kimbe, thousands of young people from across the Diocese of Mendi gathered for a week of catechesis, prayer, praise, reflection and fellowship.  The days began with the celebration of the Holy Mass in the cathedral and then a procession to the local sports oval for singing, witnessing and preaching on the basic truths of our Catholic Faith.  It was an uplifting and inspiring experience for all.

At the closing Mass of Thanksgiving (pictured above), young people shared typical liturgical processions from the various cultures represented in the diocese.  In my homily, I noted that Papua New Guinea is a country rich in natural resources: gold, copper, gas, timber....  but the greatest resource of the country is the young people themselves.... And in the Sacraments are even great supernatural resources to strengthen us to follow the Good News of Jesus.  In Him can we all find meaning, peace and true and lasting happiness.

Despite all the bad news that is all too often reported... I came away from this inspiring gathering of young people believing that there is hope for the future for PNG and for the Church here in this part of the world.

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