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Lend voice to the poor, Bengaluru archbishop tells Catholic youth

The National Youth Convention, a once-in-three-year program, opened in Mangalore Jan. 18.


Archbishop Bernard Moras Bengaluru on Jan 18 called upon Catholic youth to participate more in church activities besides giving voice to the voiceless in society.

Speaking after inaugurating the 10th National Youth Convention here on Wednesday, Archbishop Moras said these days Christian youth are seen everywhere accept in liturgical (church) activities.

The Catholic Conference of Bishops in India (CBCI) organises the youth convention every three years and this year it is being held at Mangaluru. The convention will deliberate on issues like environment, harmony and peace in society and leadership. The participants will also discuss about the means of networking with organizations that share similar concerns.

Grace Pinto, noted educationist and managing director of Ryan International Group of Institutions, in her keynote address, mentioned how she turned into an educationist with hard work and got recognition for herself. "Always think big and speak your mind. Positive things will come automatically in your way. Today, we need people who are compassionate in whatever they do," she said.

She also asked thousands of youths who have come from every nook and corner of the country to respect their parents. "We think that spending time with our parents is boring and waste of time. But you should remember that they have sacrificed their life for your upbringing."

Bishop Henry D'Souza of Bellary, chairman CBCI Youth Commission, Fr Deepak Thomas, national youth director, Bishop Aloysius Paul Dsouza of Mangaluru, Bishop Lawrence Mukkuzhy of Belthangady and Bishop Alwyn BarettoSindadurgh were present.

According to the organisers, more than 5,000 youth have come to Mangaluru to be part of this event. A team from Odisha performed their traditional Bihu dance at the inaugural function.

On the concluding day on January 22, over 8,000 youth will take out a peace march in the city. The march will start from Rosario Cathedral Church and culminate at St Aloysius College Grounds, where Justice Kurian Joseph, Supreme Court judge, will address the youth about constitutional rights and duties and also about their responsibility.

Source: Times of India

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