ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - "That all may be one" (Jn 17,21) theme of 1st Korean Youth Day

Monday, 3 September 2007

Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - Enthusiasm among young Catholics in Korea. White young Italians celebrate the Youth Agorà in Loreto, young Catholics in Korea took part in the first ever Korean Youth Day in Jeju, diocese of Cheju, organised by the Korean Bishops' Commission Youth Pastoral.
Some 5,000 young people with their families and volunteers took part in the event consisting of catechesis and discussion groups in themes such as “Living the faith in the family”, “The experience of the Liturgy ”, “the Sacrament of Penance”, “Evangelisation”. Each day included prayers, catechesis, youth festivals with music, concerts, theatre and testimony.
The principal Mass was presided by Bishop Peter Kang U-il, of Cheju diocese, president of the organising committee of the Korean Youth Day. In his homily the Bishop said to the young people: “Perhaps many of you are meeting for the first time, but the Lord Jesus wishes you to be one. I hope to will be pioneers to build a new era of peace, since it is up to the new generations to open a new epoch of history based on brotherhood”. Cardinal Nicholas Choung, Archbishop of Seoul also addressed the young people and he said: “The Lord is always in your midst. During the Korean Youth Day you have experienced His presence in your hearts. Always pray to God and never forget that His Love for you especially in times of difficulty ”.
The Korean Youth Day organising committee proposes to hold the Day every three years as a set appointment for young Catholics. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 3/9/2007 righe 26 parole 269)