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CBCP youth commission affirmed by fellow youth reps during international meeting
MANILA, April 12, 2012—The Episcopal Commission on Youth of CBCP headed by Fr. Conegundo Garganta, its executive secretary and Maria Victoria Tacderas, senior staff of NSYA was affirmed by fellow youth representatives around the world on their ten minute report during the international meeting and evaluation of the recently concluded World Youth Day 2011.
The international meeting was held in Rome last March 29-April 1 which was attended by 300 national representatives from different Episcopal Youth Commission in 200 countries.
Garganta emphasized that there were affirmations from other national representatives during the international meeting.
“We were affirmed of what we reported; other representatives affirmed that the WYD celebration was good to the Filipino youth which positively responded to the invitation to the challenges offered by the participation in the WYD,” he said.
“The positive response was being firm in the faith and how it is shown in the daily life or lives of the participants on the previous WYD celebration. It was also the challenged to continue to share the good news that was gained or heard from the WYD experience. These were the things that were affirmed during the meeting,” Garganta added.
Garganta said the report was about the beautiful and positive results of the World Youth Day 2011 to the Filipino pilgrims.
“We shared on the pastoral gains that young people who participated in Madrid manifested that their spiritual growth bore their involvement in schools, parishes and dioceses on youth activities. Some of these young people had grown in their chosen vocation to the priesthood, religious life and their being lay. Such positive things were shared during the report in the meeting in Rome,” Garganta said.
Other than the report from five countries within five continents, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro organizers hared their gains and fruits as well as the preparations, respectively.
Representatives present were also officially invited by the WYD 2013 Rio organizers.
The priest also disclosed that details for the upcoming World Youth Day 2013 celebrations are yet to be finalized by May and hopefully by July, there will be more significant details that they will provide via e-mail so that those countries who will participate will be properly guided.
He added that on November, there will be an international meeting in Brazil as for the preparations for 2013.
“Country representatives are expected to come for official and final directions or guideline that will be shared during that meeting,” he also added.
The Church official pointed out that preparation per country may now start because there are already initial data in the website www.rio2013.com.
“There are topics that were given, but the general schedule is yet to be produced by Brazilian organizers. Here in the Philippines, there is no official date when to start the preparation because it is yet to be discussed by the commission. We are still waiting on the general information from the organizer and still much to wait for the program, directions and guidelines of the upcoming celebration,” he explained.
He encourages those who are interested to join the WYD 2013 celebration to be ready on the requirements particularly the amount concerned for the trip.
Garganta disclosed that the commission thought to bring a big number to represent the country for many young people to participate, but still there are many practical things that they need to consider.
“We need also to be clear that participation in this international event for those we bring must have quality participation and involvement. So if we can have a small group that we can really offer, number is not a problem. What we need to consider is the quality of our delegates that represents our country to this international event. We are clear that this is a gathering in faith, sharing of faith and invitation to grow to oneself in one’s faith and to help others to grow in their faith. The representation is not because of the number but more on the quality on how the pilgrims will represent that richness or the wealth of our country as Catholics,” he furthered.
Guest speakers for the said event were Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, President, Pontifical Council for the laity, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, Archbishop of Madrid (talking about the Pastoral Fruits of Madrid 2011), Yago de la Cierva, Executive Director of WYD 2011 (shared on the logistics of WYD 2011 in Madrid), Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta, Rio de Janeiro (on the significance of WYD for the archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro), Bishop Eduardo Pinheiro da Silva, President of the Episcopal Youth Commission, Brazil (shared about the the Church and youth ministry in Brazil), Don Carlos Savio, Brazilian Bishops’ Conference Youth Sector (on the aspect of the pastoral preparation of Brazil), Bishop Joseph Clemens, Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Laity, and Rev. Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Salesian Youth Ministry for the youth ministry and the challenges for education today. (Jandel Posion)