The National, Wednesday July 3rd, 2013
By ELIAS LARI
The Catholic archdiocese of Mt Hagen will host the inaugural Highlands Youth Assembly of Faith from July 8-15 in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands.
Archdiocesan youth director Fr Rally V Gonzales Solt said the aim of the gathering was to help youths to promote and strengthen their faith in God.
“The inaugural youth assembly of faith gathering will coincide with the year of faith that started last Oct 11 and will end on Nov 24 under the Catholic church calendar,” Solt said.
He said hundreds of youths from all Catholic dioceses throughout the highlands would turn up.
Western Highlands Governor Paias Wingti would give the official welcome at the Pope Paul John II Oval.
“This gathering is the first that will start in Mt Hagen and it will be held annually in other highlands regional centres,” Solt said.
“During the gathering, many activities such as outreaches, sports, gospel music sound battle, prayer, experiencing of faith on the Eucharist and many other events will take place.”
The schedule of activities will be: The feast of Blessed Peter Torot (Catechist) will start on Sunday with the arrival of participants, Monday will be the opening of the youth assembly of faith and Tuesday is the burning of flame of faith.
On Wednesday, fight the good fight of faith will take place and Thursday will have youth experience of faith. Friday will be the celebration of faith and the closing mass.
He said and it was to promote solidarity and to deepen their faith and dignity by fostering love and respect among all young people.
Solt said similar gatherings had been staged in Nebilyer, Western Highlands, and Kerowagi, Chimbu, but this was the biggest one.
He said the event had been scheduled for last year but was postponed because of the general election.
“This event will enhance full participation of the young to live as responsible citizens in creating a healthy society, address and assess the contemporary, prevalent and emerging social issues that truly affect the vulnerable live of the young,” he said.
Solt said this would empower youths by harnessing their skills and knowledge to improve their quality of life.
“Youths are the foundation where they make the church alive and these are the people whom we have to train and equip.
“Nowadays we are in the end times where the Church of God needs to move,” he said.