Brasilia (Fides Service) - “To help organise and articulate Missionary Youth, thinking above all of the many young people who started their mission formation as members of Holy Childhood and now wish to continue their commitment to mission”: this is the goal of a Meeting of Missionary Youth representatives 27-30 May in Brasilia, at the offices of the Pontifical Mission Societies PMS Brazil.
“Missionary Youth groups already exist, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies Rev. Daniele Lagni, told Fides. After a time of preparation and following two American Missionary Youth Meetings (July 2002 in Cuenca, Ecuador, November 2004 La Guaira, Venezuela), at which our national delegation was present, the time has come for Brazil to coordinate the efforts and initiatives of our young people following the example of our brothers and sisters in other Latin American countries”.
The meeting is also in response to Pope John Paul II’s call to the PMS in Brazil to promote this initiative keeping in mind that the Church is missionary by nature. Father Lagni continued. “We share with many the desire to encourage young people’s interest for the missionary life, both as a necessity to prepare young people for missionary life, and also to guide the searching of those, individuals or groups, who are spontaneously organising themselves as missionaries. Many young people are involved in praiseworthy undertakings. Nevertheless in general there is a lack of formation and information with regard to mission ad gentes. In this sense the PMS wish to offer support, animation, facilitation to help the young people carry out their mission of a prophetic presence, at home and ad gentes.”
The National Director explained “The idea is not to create a new movement but to co-ordinate and support young people anxious to operate in the field of mission, to render a service of coordination for Missionary Youth, groups and organisations of youth apostolate, with respect for the charisma and specific activity of teach, with particular attention for mission ad gentes”. The PMS also aim to encourage apostolic inter-exchange among local Churches, again in view of mission ad gentes. (R.Z.) (Agenzia Fides 14/3/2005; righe 28; parole 370)