Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - With a mission to help their peers in every circumstance of life, for study, human, material and spiritual difficulties, a group of students in middle and high schools in Seoul have been named "young missionaries of mercy". It is the initiative launched by the Department for vocations and for the youth in the Archdiocese of Seoul, as a way to encourage and empower young people in the Year of Jubilee.
As reported to Fides, 35 representatives of Catholic youth movement and 13 delegates of the Korea Young Catholic Students received from Bishop Peter Chung Soon-taek, the mandate to be "young missionaries of mercy" and carry out their special mission during the holy Year, in the environments where they live: family, school, friendships.
"Young people will be an example of faith for their peers", observes Fr. Stephan Kim Sung-hoon, head of the Youth Department.
"We believe there is a big difference between the preaching that a priest can do and words that a friend can say" he explains.
The most important mission for these young missionaries - explains a note sent to Fides - will be to "convert themselves and bring the joy of the Gospel to friends around them". The young missionaries of mercy promise to read the Gospel every day, pray every day, to support, to console and help their peers in distress. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 21/04/2016)