Rabaul (Agenzia Fides) – “Called to fullness of life and love”: is the theme of a National Youth Congress taking place in Vunapope, a province of New Britannia, in Papua New Guinea, with the participation of 260 young people from various dioceses of the country who have an opportunity fo live days of prayer, reflection and growth in the faith.
Organised by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in cooperation with the archdiocese of Rabaul, the meeting opened official on 8 December in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Vunapope, near Rabaul. The congress will include meetings and catechesis on the theme of “celebrating life” through the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation and also include preparation of young couples for the sacrament of Matrimony. Bishop Rolando Santos, CM, of the diocese of Alotau-Sideia, sharing the story of his own vocation encouraged them to “pray and never to be afraid to bear witness to Christ”. A highlight if of the congress was visit to patients at St. Mary's Hospital Vunapope where the young visitors were given a warm welcome.
Other initiatives organised for the Congress include a pilgrimage to Rakunai and the opportunity to see the places of the birth, martyrdom and death of Blessed Peter ToRot, a Papuan catechist martyred for his faith and in particular for his defense of Christian marriage. In his address to the young people Bishop Rochus Tatamai, of the diocese of Kavieng, spoke about the life of Peter ToRot who, the Bishop said “was a humble and saintly person ever since he was a child”. The Congress will end on 12 December with a Special Mass of thanksgiving for the life of this Papuan saint. (AP) (11/12/2018 Agenzia Fides)