Young indigenous people share their challenges and hopes

Pope Fran- cis on Friday, Jan 18 ad- dressed a video message to the world’s young indigenous people holding their World In- digenous Youth Gathering in So- loy, Diocese of David, Panama.

Jan 26, 2019

VATICAN: Pope Fran- cis on Friday, Jan 18 ad- dressed a video message to the world’s young indigenous people holding their World In- digenous Youth Gathering in So- loy, Diocese of David, Panama. The young people then moved on to Panama city to join the World Youth Day (WYD) 2019, January 22-27, which the Pope joined on January 23.

With the motto: We assume the memory of our past to build hope with courage, from January 17 to 21, in Soloy, Ngäbe-Bugle Comarca, Panama, the World Indigenous Youth Gathering had about 400 young peo- ple from countries such as Panama, Gua- temala, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, and Honduras attended.

In the video message, Pope Francis en- couraged the young indigenous people to joyfully celebrate their faith in Jesus Christ, was a great surprise for them.

The first day of the meeting focused on the living memory of their peoples, while the second on the struggle to maintain har- mony with Mother Earth, from the richness of their cultures in the light of Laudato Si’, and the last day on the importance of the active participation of the indigenous youth in the construction of a better world.

Each day began with a moment of joy through liveliness, singing, music and dances, prayers showing their cultural iden- tity, then a festival with ancestral games, pilgrimages, ecological activities, and con- cluded with cultural events prepared by lo- cal groups.

Sunday afternoon, Jan 20, the closing Mass was presided by Cardinal José Luis Lacunza. -- panama2019.pa

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