Zhou Zhi (Agenzia Fides) – “Follow Saint Francis and live the Jubilee”:” with this slogan a Franciscan summer parish youth camp, in the diocese of Zhou Zhi in Shaan Xi province, mainland China, young Chinese Catholics prepared to be in spiritual communion with the thousands of young Catholics from all over the world gathering in the Polish town of Krakow for the 31st World Youth Day (WYD). The diocese’s Franciscan community organised and led the 9 day camp in spiritual communion with Pope Francis, who on 24 July at the midday Angelus prayer made a special mention of all the young people who “unable to be present, will participate through various forms of media”, and in this way be “united in prayer”.
According to information sent to Fides, from15 to 23 July, 130 young people with 20 volunteer helpers, led by seven Franciscan priests, lived 9 days of prayer, sharing and mission. Initiatives included a “festival of brotherhood” with songs, visits to the sick and works of charity , and an outing to admire God’s creation … Themes for reflection during the camp were the following: the life and spirituality of Saint Francis, the Franciscan movement yesterday and today, the mercy of God is the mercy of Jesus, learning to be a channel of peace… During the concelebrated closing Mass the celebrant encouraged the young campers to strive to follow in the footsteps of Saint Francis and to live with deep commitment this Holy Year of Mercy.
(NZ) (Agenzia Fides 2016/07/28)