SOUTH SUDAN - Young people from the diocese of Tombura-Yambio:
future and hope of the Church and society

Yambio (Agenzia Fides) - Children and young people are the hope and the future of the Church and society in South Sudan: with this spirit the diocese of Tombura-Yambio organized the second annual diocesan meeting for children and young people, in the parish of St Mary, Yambio, in the state of Gbudue, in South Sudan. The three-day event focused on the theme "Girl power South Sudan and boy power South Sudan". Hundreds of young people, members of associations and movements within the local Church took part.

This is an initiative of the Bishop of Tombura-Yambio, Mgr. Eduardo Hiiboro, organized for the human and Christian promotion of children. At the opening of the conference, Bishop Hiboro invited the young people gathered, aged 15-25, to "be inspired by Christ, to set a good example and be models for their peers". Hiboro said that "the fruits of this meeting can be visible only if they live what they learned during the conference, trying to put the Gospel into practice". He also invited parents to take care of their children because "they are the future and the hope of tomorrow".

Among the speeches, diocesan chaplain, Father Benjamin Wasi, defined the meeting "a life-changing event". Another priest, Fr. Baptist Karim, spoke about the importance of protecting the environment, while Fr. Andrea Mbuniwia together with the youth touched the theme of the "sanctity of daily life", bringing numerous examples of the lives of saints.

Among those present, Gbudue State Governor Daniel Badagbu told the youth to "take care of themselves and preserve themselves in all their beauty".

The event is held every year and this year ended with a holy mass on the solemnity of the Holy Trinity: during the celebration the young people committed themselves to living and bringing a testimony of life according to the Gospel of Christ.

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