San Jose (Agenzia Fides) - "Young people are a treasure for our people, a wealth that generates joy, hope, the ability to dream, to show sensitivity and solidarity for those who suffer. In these difficult times, God calls each one by name, so that he may be the protagonist in the transformation of these realities, a transformation in the light of the Gospel and of the magisterium of the Church". This was stated in a note sent to Agenzia Fides by the leaders of the Latin American Youth Pastoral after having concluded the XIII Youth Pastoral Regional Meeting in Mexico-Central America in the city of San Jose, in Costa Rica.
Delegations from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama participated in the meeting with the aim of reflecting, in communion with the universal Church, on youth Pastoral in the region, in view of the Synod of Bishops dedicated to "Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment". "We are thrilled - the note continues - because the Church has set its sights on young people and promotes spaces for participation so that young people, with their dynamism, will know how to renew structures and pastoral action".
In launching an appeal to Bishops, priests, laity, educators and in particular to the families themselves, the delegates asked to "revitalize the accompaniment of vocational discernment and of the young". At the same time they invited "to prepare themselves for the next World Youth Day, a moment of grace that the Church gives to our region".
In view of this event, on March 15, the registration period was inaugurated for the great activities planned for World Youth Day, which will be held in Panama from 22 to 27 January 2019: the "Youth Festival" and the "Vocations expo". In the latter, movements, associations, communities and religious orders present the rich variety of charisms present in the Church and young people will have the opportunity to learn about different spiritualities and "religious families". The Youth Festival will seek to unite young people from around the world by sharing their artistic and religious talents and experiences of faith and life. (LG) (Agenzia Fides, 17/3/2018)